Another month has passed and the demand for tech talent is still accelerating. Companies and recruiters are changing their tactics to adjust to the competition, while, the interest in a career change towards coding through certification programs and bootcamps is growing.
With tech talent still being in high demand, this article found that pay negotiations, an understanding of the developer audience, and certification opportunities are key differentiators for companies actively hiring. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts developer employment will grow 24% between 2016 and 2026. Dice discussed five key take-aways companies should implement when hiring tech talent. Highlights include being open to pay negotiation or other benefit offerings, understanding how developers want to be recruited in terms of email content and timing, and offering certification programs.
The competition for tech talent doesn’t seem to be going away and as a result, companies need to fight to set themselves apart. According to a Bersin by Deloitte study, on average it takes 52 days to fill a position, but the most qualified candidates only last on the market for roughly 10 days. Making a job offer more enticing and competitive for candidates isn’t enough. Recruiters also have the opportunity to change their tactics and increase productivity. Recruiting productivity tips include optimizing public social media platforms, cutting down on multitasking, and being more collaborative.
As we have seen in previous roundups, hiring candidates with more diverse career backgrounds has become another tech hiring trend. People from various walks of life are now interested in tech careers and participating in coding bootcamps and certification programs is a way to make the jump from a non-technical role. The career change comes with varying levels of success but nonetheless, and The Wall Street Journal sheds light on the stories of three individuals tackling this career path and different variations of success they have gained along the way.