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4 Stats About Developer Compensation You Need to Know

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

While salary is usually not the only deciding factor for many candidates, it is one of the most important job evaluation criteria for programmers. Companies are always competing for the top developers, and because they know that the competition for their services is fierce, they want to be paid accordingly. This might make you think that giving developers whatever they want is the key to winning at developer hiring, but the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape highlighted showed us that developer compensation is a much more complicated challenge to tackle. Let’s take a closer look at what salaries for programmers in look like today.

What is Your Company Working On? Developers Want to Know

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

The importance of employer branding can’t be overstated—and companies from across all industries, are starting to take it more seriously. As tempting as it might be to use your job listings and careers website to only show off your “fun” perks, developer candidates are more curious about the projects they’d get to work on if they joined your company. When asked how they evaluate new job opportunities, the respondents to our 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape put the impact of the product (and subsequently, their work) near the top of their list of criteria. Your developers’ current projects are an important part of your employer brand, but what are the best ways to include them in your messaging without overdoing it?

Ask a Developer: How Should Companies Choose New Technologies to Add to Their Tech Stack?

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 18, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Developers have made no secret of the fact that they love learning new technologies. Based on what we learned from the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape, there’s no shortage of programming languages for them to tinker with. In addition to some of the more popular technologies, developers named technologies like Go (17%) and Typescript (16%) to the top of their wish list this year. As tempting as it might be to add new programming languages to your tech stack as a recruitment tactic, engineering managers are always thinking of which technologies make the most sense for their teams. We were curious to hear more about how they evaluate and add new languages to their tech stacks. Here’s what they had to say.

How Tech Recruiting Has Changed Over the Years

Unless you’ve been in the tech recruiting space for decades (which, if so, congrats!), you’re probably not too familiar with the changes that have happened in the space. The tactics that once worked to fill our open technical roles just don't work anymore. 

Here are a few ways that technical recruiting has changed over the years (and what this means for you as a modern-day recruiter).

Why Cutting Developer Equipment Costs Can Negatively Affect Your Bottom Line

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

I bet you can think of at least one time when a financial report led your company to cut costs however possible. From what I’ve seen over my career, this has led leadership teams to say to themselves, “If our team’s computers are at least turning on, that’s good enough for right now.” While it might seem like you have bigger priorities when your company isn’t flush with cash, the developers who responded to this year’s Developer Hiring Landscape made it clear that there’s a direct correlation between their overall job satisfaction and their satisfaction with their equipment. Let’s take a deeper look at the importance of a workstation—and how cutting corners on developer equipment can ultimately affect your bottom line.

Developer Interview: Daniel Thompson, Managing Director, D4 Software

As Managing Director of D4 Software, Daniel Thompson aims to make businesses run more smoothly with the right software. His extensive background as a Software Engineer, Development Manager, and CTO gives him a unique viewpoint on the world of tech recruiting and innovations in the tech world. Read on to learn what Thompson does as a Managing Director, what his first coding experience was like, and advice he has for employers who aren't thinking of software first. 

How to Find and Hire a Web Developer

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

For many companies, the importance of having talented web developers can’t be overstated. They are responsible for using a wide variety of programming languages to design and build a website from scratch. Once it’s built, businesses lean on them to maintain and optimize their sites. Not surprisingly, the competition to hire the right people to do the job is at a fever-pitch—and as a result, over 72% of today’s developers identify as web developers. To help you stand out to the top candidates, here are a few things to keep in mind when you need to hire a web developer.

What Majors Did Developers Study in College?

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

It’s no secret that some of the most influential people in tech today do not hold college degrees. Developers are always looking for opportunities to learn new skills, so it’s not entirely surprising that over 76% of respondents to the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape said they had a bachelor’s degree or higher. But before you start making assumptions about what they all must have studied in college, let’s take a closer look at what developer education actually looks like for today’s programmers—and whether or not they feel it their majors helped them advance their careers.

What Women in Tech Wish Employers Knew

Chances are if you’re reading this right now, one of your largest recruiting challenges is hiring women in technology roles. The fact that you’ve realized it’s a problem and are actively seeking to fix it is the first step. But what specific initiatives or programs can you put in place to meet your hiring goals? How can you reduce bias in your job ads? What can be done to prevent turnover and lower the quit rate?

We asked a handful of women in tech what they wish employers knew. While these thoughts only represent a small fraction of the women in technology, we hope it can serve as a good starting point.

Which Employee Benefits Matter Most to Today's Developers?

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t win over top developer candidates by offering them things like massage chairs and lazy river access from your office. But the chances are that if you’re looking for frivolous perks to offer developers, you’re at least trying to figure out what matters most to them. As part of our 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape, we asked respondents to tell us which employee benefits they look for when they consider new jobs. Some of the usual suspects like vacation days and remote working options were at the top of their list, but let’s take a closer look at some of the less obvious benefits that are important to developers.

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