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Post by Rich Moy on Jun 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM

After seeing that 62% of developers are open to new opportunities, you might conclude that most of them are eager to find their next job. However, the majority of programmers aren’t actively pursuing new jobs at new companies. You could wait for the right candidates to submit applications on their own, but you’ll likely come up empty-handed. Here are a few stats about the developer job search that should grab your attention—and make the importance of engaging with passive candidates even clearer.

25% of Developers Don’t Spend Any Time Searching for Jobs

One of the biggest takeaways from the 2017 Developer Hiring Survey was that many developers spend no time at all looking for their next job. Additionally, almost 14% of developers told us that they found their current jobs from someone at the company. This indicates that not only are they open to hearing about new job opportunities, but also that the initial conversations that recruiters have with them can lead to critical hires.


Of course, you should research the candidate’s background and previous work before you reach out. But at the same time, don’t worry about whether or not you’re bothering a developer if you’re sending thoughtful tech recruitment emails.

43% of Developers Only Spend Between 1 and 2 Hours Per Week Looking for Jobs

While the developer job search is something many programmers don’t think about, others do dedicate a bit time seeking out and evaluating potential opportunities. In fact, 43% of the developers we surveyed told us that they spend between 1 and 2 hours per week looking for jobs. This isn’t an astronomical amount of time by any stretch, but it still proves the importance of writing compelling job listings that resonate with developers.

Take this as an opportunity to review your current tech job listings to ensure that they address what developers want. Even if they require a simple tune up, these tweaks could make the difference between grabbing a programmer’s attention during a job search and motivating them to keep looking.

Developers Who Are Actively Looking for New Jobs Spend 5 Hours Per Week Searching 

Although 90% of the world’s developers are employed at least part-time, it’s hard not to wonder what their habits are when they decide it’s time to test the market. The respondents to this year’s survey who are actively looking for their next position told us that they spend upwards of 5 hours per week on the developer job search, which represents a dramatic jump from the amount of time passive candidates dedicate to even evaluating opportunities.

Based on this, it’s important to be explicit about your nice-to-have requirements and your must-haves. Our CEO Joel Spolsky once wrote that unqualified developers tend to be on the open market more often than their counterparts. He adds, “These candidates rarely get jobs, but they do keep applying, and when they apply, they go to Monster.com and check off 300 or 1000 jobs at once trying to win the lottery.” There’s nothing you can do to prevent them all from applying, but but transparent job listings are an effective way of communicating your team’s standards.

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