A labor shortage in Israel's applications development market is causing a bump in salaries, an IVC Research Center survey found. The number of Israeli companies developing mobile apps rose by nearly half from 2011 to 2012, and demand for developers was up 17% from the last quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of this year. "Companies hiring are showing flexibility regarding app developers. They're prepared to employ people with experience and they are not insisting on formal training," said Sarit Malka, director of JobInfo. The majority of companies want developers experienced in HTML5, Objective-C languages and Java, Tzahi Hoffman writes.