By 2025, 3 out of every 4 workers globally will be millennials. Many employers, hiring managers and recruiters are starting to form their own strategies for recruiting and retaining this crop of Generation Y talent. For those who aren’t convinced of the large impact that this generation will have on our workforce, you should continue reading.
Through our recent developer survey, we discovered that the average developer is 28.9 years old, classifying them as a millennial. After segmenting the developers by age, we found that 51% identified themselves as a millennial (currently between the ages of 18 and 34). Based on these numbers alone, you can see how influential and important they are in the workplace. Here are a few ways millennial developers can provide value to your company.
Millennials were born in the digital age – most of them have been using computers since elementary or middle school, giving them an advantage in learning and becoming familiar with new forms of technology. This knowledge of technology helps them excel in a variety of jobs, but particularly in software and web development roles. Many developers are creating their own apps or websites before they even graduate (or attend) college, which shows their initiative and understanding of the latest tools and technologies.
John Rampton, Founder and CEO of Due.com, says his company is always looking to hire more Gen Ys. “Millennials have been raised on 100% tech since they were born. Unlike their older family members, they have been living tech and understand how to work it better into our business", he says.
Heather Neisen, HR Manager at TechnologyAdvice echoes this sentiment, saying, “Millennials are known as digital natives -- they grew up in a time when technology surrounded. This gives an advantage to the millennials because they will most likely have the ability to tackle technical challenges and suggest new processes or ideas to unsolved problems in the tech area. When we are hiring for tech-related roles such as software engineers, we are looking for candidates who are up-to-date on the newest tech trends and tools. When you hire a millennial into these roles, they just get it -- they know how to access a variety of forms of information quickly and seamlessly. However, it should be noted that people of all generations can integrate tech into their lives, but for millennials, it's as natural as breathing and that can mean a lot of innovation for a company.”
Sean Si, CEO and Founder of SEO Hacker and Qeryz, emphasizes these tech skills as well. “I have a front-end developer who is extremely awesome in design and superb in coding. Technical skills, when they come with design in mind, are just breathtaking. A programmer and a designer can have great teamwork when they've worked together for a while -- but a programmer and designer in one person can produce mind blowing results.”
New graduates bring great energy and are "sponges" for information. They are excited to learn and are less motivated by money than other generations. According to a 2009 online survey conducted by Monster.com, 37% of employers report that "work/life balance and flexibility" is the most motivating factor for Gen Y, with only 17% claiming "compensation" as the primary driver.
“One big reason why I have a 100% millennial workforce is that I love working with people who have the same wavelength as I do in terms of strategy, innovation, optimism and teamwork. I think the millennials have a knack for those things compared to others”, says Si.