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The 2017 Global Developer Hiring Landscape

What if you could spend a day in a developer's shoes? You could learn what their typical day looks like, what makes them respond to a recruiting email, and how their working style is different than other co-workers. While we can't wave a magic wand and make that happen for you, we can provide you with data to help you understand and recruit developers more effectively. 

Each year, we survey the programming community on topics ranging from their favorite technologies to what they look for in a new job. This year, over 64,000 respondents from 213 countries and territories participated, making it the world’s largest developer survey.

Here are some of the major findings from this year’s survey. 

How Employee Burnout Impacts Your Technical Staff Retention Plan

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It probably wouldn’t be a stretch to say that developer hiring is one of your biggest priorities in 2017. The most obvious conclusion from this is to recruit and hire the developers you need, but it also means that staff retention is more important than ever this year. With the competition for tech talent at a fever pitch, the reality is that your current developers are likely receiving their fair share of recruitment emails. Ignoring signs of employee burnout could ultimately derail your entire developer hiring strategy this year. Here are a few things to identify and address before your most talented programmers say enough is enough and move on to greener pastures.

How Praxent Hires Software Developers: 5 Proven Steps to Finding the Right Fit

Are you looking to hire a software developer but aren’t entirely sure how to go about finding a great one? The good news is that you don’t need to be a tech whiz to find the right fit, you just need to ask the right questions.

How Tech Recruiters & Hiring Managers Should Work Together

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

I used to think that the relationships between recruiters and engineering managers were simple. In my mind, the recruiter’s job was to find people who could be right for the job and the hiring manager’s job was to select the best one out of the group. But when I became a recruiter, I realized it’s a much more complicated partnership. Both sides have knowledge and experience to bring to the table—and everyone involved has strong opinions on how the technical hiring process should work. While building and maintaining relationships with hiring managers can be difficult at times, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your efforts yield results.

Do Developers Think Your Employer Brand is Fluff?

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Developers have made no secret that they want to work for companies whose missions they believe in. In response, many companies have gone out of their way to create recruitment materials that get to the core of what developers look for in new opportunities. The problem is that there’s still a significant disconnect between what employers think developers want and what developers actually want. With the competition to hire developers at a fever pitch, it’s crucial to understand how passive and active tech candidates respond to your recruitment materials. Here are a few things employer branding ideas to help you attract more technical talent.

Top Skills for Developers in UK and Ireland

There are a number of programming technologies that developers in the UK and Ireland work with, several of which are in high demand. Over the past five years some of theses technologies have grown rapidly in popularity, which has increased the need to hire developers with the relevant skillsets. As a technical recruiter, it’s crucial that you understand and differentiate between the most important types of developers, as the success of your hiring strategy depends on it.

How to Find and Hire a Python Developer

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Python is a general-purpose programming language that has been widely used by developers since its release in 1991. Kenneth Love, a Python instructor for Treehouse, says that whenever he needs to code something and the language doesn’t matter, he turns to Python. He adds that it has been used by developers to everything from microchips to video games. Because it’s both powerful and flexible, it’s no surprise that companies across all industries are competing to hire talented Python developers. To help you set yourself apart from the competition, here are a few things to know when you need to hire a Python developer.

How to Incorporate Gamification in Developer Hiring

The technical hiring landscape is constantly changing, most notably within the last decade. As millennials increasingly join the job market and the demand for company innovation grows, companies are trying to figure out the best way to appeal to prospective candidates (and, in return, figure out the best way to sort out the most qualified). A report published by the Aberdeen Group in 2013 showed that 49% of polled organizations were struggling to find suitable new talent to enhance company growth. As a result, to make the hiring process more effective, some organizations have started to incorporate gamification into their hiring structures.

5 Phrases That Kill Your Credibility With Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The most effective tech recruiters understand that developer recruiting boils down to relationships, even when a candidate isn’t interested in switching jobs right this second. Although developers themselves have been outspoken about this reality, many tech recruiters still resort to lines that immediately kill any credibility they previously had. To help you avoid ruining your relationships with candidates, we asked some of the developers here at Stack Overflow about seemingly harmless phrases that make programmers roll their eyes. Are you guilty of using these in your recruitment emails or phone calls with developers?

How to Incentivize Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 23, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s easy to assume that offering a huge cash bonus will incentivize developers to go the extra mile whenever you urgently need to get something done. Sure, developers aren’t against earning a few extra dollars when they can, but it’s not the only thing that motivates them to take on mission-critical projects that are otherwise outside of their scope of responsibilities. These types of cash-based incentive programs also tend to reward developers for things that don’t move the needle quite the way your company needs.

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