Developer hiring is a process that often requires employers to take a different approach than they’ve used in the past. Companies need to acknowledge that recruiting developers is different than it is for non-technical roles, and creating an efficient hiring process requires you to understand what motivates programmers to consider new job opportunities. To help guide your technical recruitment strategy this year, here are a few developer job search stats you should know.
Not much has changed since last year’s survey, as the majority of developers who responded to the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape told us they hold at least part-time employment. This means that two painful truths about the developer job search remain. For starters, employers who wait around for the right developers to apply will likely be waiting for a long time. More importantly, recruiters need to get comfortable with engaging with a mostly passive audience of developer candidates. While this requires a little bit of patience and a willingness to build relationships with programmers, it’s clear that you’ll need to be proactive to find and hire the developers your company needs.
Although a large percentage of developers are currently employed, 62% of the programmers we surveyed this year said that they were open to hearing about new job opportunities. Additionally, only 12% of developers stated that they’re completely satisfied with their careers. Most developers aren’t actively looking for new positions, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t consider the right one if it landed on their desks.
The fact that 87% of developers currently have at least part-time employment can make it intimidating to reach out to someone about a job opportunity. However, the job search stats speak for themselves, and developers won’t completely shut you out if it’s obvious that you’ve done your homework about their background. If you have a role you feel is right for a particular programmer, don’t be afraid to reach out and start a conversation.
A “formal education” for a developer tends to look a little different than it does for professionals in other fields. In fact, 90% of respondents we heard from told us that they’re at least partially self-taught. Even programmers with college degrees are often required to learn new skills on the job—and in many cases, they’re teaching themselves programming languages and frameworks on the job.
You might have been able to scan technical resumes for particular educational backgrounds in the past, but doing so in today’s market could lead you to take a pass on incredibly talented programmers. Focus more on the projects that candidates can share with you, and less on the college degrees they may or may not hold. Their previous work will tell you much more about their ability to write code—and make it less likely that you’ll lose a talented candidate to the competition.