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Post by Rich Moy on Dec 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

At this point in the year, you’re probably taking some time to reflect on your tech hiring successes and opportunities for growth. If you’re especially ambitious, you’ve already set a few goals for yourself in 2017. Some things like the intense competition to hire developers and the reality of top candidates not being available will always ring true. But to help you get off to a running start in 2017, here are a few tech recruiting trends to keep an eye on in the new year.

An Uptick in “Boomerang Employees”

It’s common to assume on a developer’s last day that you’ll likely never call that person a colleague again. Programmers who return to a previous employer are often referred to as “boomerang employees,” which was a borderline derogative term in the past. However, a recent study by Workplace Trends found that nearly 76% of employers are more accepting of hiring boomerang employees than in the past. In some cases, a developer might notice a new and exciting challenge your company is looking to tackle. In others, life circumstances might bring them back to the city your team calls home. Whatever the case may be, don’t rule out engaging developer candidates your company previously employed.

More Data-Driven Recruiting Decisions

If you’re anything like I was when I was a recruiter, you might hear the word “data” and think it means that your job is being automated. And while it shouldn’t come as a surprise that HR analytics will continue to be one of the hottest talent acquisition trends in 2017, don’t worry—there are too many relationship dynamics in recruiting that an algorithm simply cannot handle. Still, it’s obvious that Big Data’s role in developer hiring is poised to grow even further in 2017. In fact, Deloitte's most recent Human Capital Trends report found that 77% of organizations believe people analytics are important. It’s up to you and your team to determine which data points to keep a close eye on in 2017, but ignoring the impact of analytics on how you manage your tech talent pipeline could put your team at a huge disadvantage.

An Increased Focus on Employee Engagement

Sure, your job is to identify and hire talented employees, but it’s just as important to ensure that your current developers remain happy after they join your team. A recent report by Josh Bersin found that employee engagement will be one of the hottest talent acquisition trends for HR departments in 2017. Developers have made no secret of the fact that employee recognition programs are important to them at work, so take 2017 as an opportunity to revamp your approach to celebrating developers’ accomplishments. Not only will this reinforce positive outcomes, but could help you retain your top programmers when your competitors express interest down the road.

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