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Rachel Ferrigno

Rachel Ferrigno
Rachel is the Content Marketing Manager and Developer Hiring Expert at Stack Overflow. In her spare time you can find her watching TV, playing with her cats, or working on her blog.
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What Does Brexit Uncertainty Mean for Hiring UK Developers?

It’s been almost two months since Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50, and both job seekers and recruiters are trying to understand the consequences. Unlimited European Union (EU) immigration, under the current freedom of movement rules, could change once the UK officially leaves the EU. This uncertainty calls for companies to be much more flexible with both their current and prospective employees.  

Currently, London is home to the largest developer community in Europe. There are as many as 2.1 million EU immigrants working in the UK, many of them helping to fill gaps in engineering and IT. So it’s easy to see why it’s important for business that we keep the community thriving.

If you’re concerned about the impact of Brexit on your tech team and talent pipeline, here are a few steps you can take as an employer to not only keep your current developer workforce happy and employed, but also encourage candidates to apply to your open jobs.

Developer Interview: Chris Winfield, Head of Development at PCA Predict

Chris Winfield started his career at PCA Predict in 2010 as a Software Developer, and has been moving on up ever since. Now currently Head of Development, Winfield leads the development of their address search engine and form. A firm believer in working in a no-nonsense, Lean, Agile environment, he shared with us his outlook on technical interviews and his favorite part of being a programmer.

3 Stats About Canadian Developers You Need to Know

According to the Brookfield Institute, 71,000 tech companies are responsible for over 7% of Canada’s economic output and 5.6% of Canada’s total employment. Those numbers say it all; the Canadian tech scene is a major driver of innovation and economic growth.

Canada has offices of some of the top global companies, such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Cisco. It’s also home to quite a few tech company headquarters, such as Shopify, FreshBooks, Halogen Software, and Hootsuite (just to name a few).

Want to know more about Canadian developers? Here are a few of the key takeaways that came from this year’s annual developer survey.

How I Hire: Nathaniel Talbott CTO of Spreedly

As one of the founders of Spreedly, Nathaniel Talbott has been growing the company's team since 2007. Spreedly is a fintech company that helps  customers capture, store, and make use of payment data, all while they stay out of PCI-DSS scope. On their customers' behalf, they store millions of credit cards, process millions of transactions every month, and on an annual basis facilitate billions of dollars worth of top-line revenue.

We caught up with Talbott to talk about his current role, how Spreedly's hiring process has changed as they've grown, and the challenges he faces day-to-day. 

Developers in the Media: Truth or Fiction?

If you’re an avid TV watcher or movie-goer, chances are you’ve recently seen a developer portrayed in the media. But just how realistic are these characters (many of who are referred to as “hackers”)?  

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).

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. 

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.

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 Engineering Managers Can Effectively Manage a Remote Team of Developers

Managing a large team of developers has its own set of challenges, but what happens when that team is fully – or mostly – remote? With a remote team, you can’t walk over to someone’s desk and see how they’re doing. Employees may be working from all around the world in different time zones, so getting together all at once might be impossible. The list goes on.

But it can be done! And lots of companies are successfully running a remote engineering team. Here are some tips from Engineering Managers and CEOs on how they manage their remote development teams.

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