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4 Stats About Developer Compensation You Need to Know

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

While salary is usually not the only deciding factor for many candidates, it is one of the most important job evaluation criteria for programmers. Companies are always competing for the top developers, and because they know that the competition for their services is fierce, they want to be paid accordingly. This might make you think that giving developers whatever they want is the key to winning at developer hiring, but the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape highlighted showed us that developer compensation is a much more complicated challenge to tackle. Let’s take a closer look at what salaries for programmers in look like today.

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).

What Majors Did Developers Study in College?

Post by Rich Moy on Apr 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It’s no secret that some of the most influential people in tech today do not hold college degrees. Developers are always looking for opportunities to learn new skills, so it’s not entirely surprising that over 76% of respondents to the 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape said they had a bachelor’s degree or higher. But before you start making assumptions about what they all must have studied in college, let’s take a closer look at what developer education actually looks like for today’s programmers—and whether or not they feel it their majors helped them advance their careers.

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.

What Does a “Formal Education” Look Like for Developers?

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM

When you think of the phrase “formal education,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is a college degree. That might be applicable for professionals in some fields, but developers have taken a variety of paths to learn how to code. While 42% of the respondents to our 2017 Developer Hiring Landscape said that they hold a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering, 32% of those developers also said that their education was not very important to their current success. It’s obvious that developers have rewritten the definition of a formal education. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly that means for them, and how it should impact the way you evaluate developer resumes.

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 Praxent Hires Software Developers: 5 Proven Steps to Finding the Right Fit

Are you looking to hire a software developer but aren’t entirely sure how to go about finding a great one? The good news is that you don’t need to be a tech whiz to find the right fit, you just need to ask the right questions.

How Tech Recruiters & Hiring Managers Should Work Together

Post by Rich Moy on Mar 13, 2017 12:00:00 PM

I used to think that the relationships between recruiters and engineering managers were simple. In my mind, the recruiter’s job was to find people who could be right for the job and the hiring manager’s job was to select the best one out of the group. But when I became a recruiter, I realized it’s a much more complicated partnership. Both sides have knowledge and experience to bring to the table—and everyone involved has strong opinions on how the technical hiring process should work. While building and maintaining relationships with hiring managers can be difficult at times, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your efforts yield results.

How to Incorporate Gamification in Developer Hiring

The technical hiring landscape is constantly changing, most notably within the last decade. As millennials increasingly join the job market and the demand for company innovation grows, companies are trying to figure out the best way to appeal to prospective candidates (and, in return, figure out the best way to sort out the most qualified). A report published by the Aberdeen Group in 2013 showed that 49% of polled organizations were struggling to find suitable new talent to enhance company growth. As a result, to make the hiring process more effective, some organizations have started to incorporate gamification into their hiring structures.

4 Stats About Passive Candidates You Need to Know

Post by Rich Moy on Feb 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Meeting your hiring goals this year will require (yes, require) you to recruit and engage with passive candidates. It’s no secret that the competition to hire the best developers is fierce, and a majority of developers already have jobs. This might make it seem intimidating to reach out to a programmer who isn’t actively looking for a new job, but here are a few statistics will give you the motivation to shift more of your attention to recruiting passive candidates.

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