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3 Developer Compensation Tactics You Should Avoid

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

As a tech recruiter, seeing the latest developer salaries can be overwhelming, especially when you’re offering less. Knowing what developers expect to earn is empowering, but it also increases the pressure on your company to pay them fairly. After all, potential candidates and your current programmers can access the same salary data that you have.

The good news is that money isn’t the only thing that motivates developers. But there are also a few “creative” salary workarounds that could turn developers off. Here are a few developer compensation tactics that you should avoid.

What to Do When You Can’t Afford to Pay Market Value Salaries for Developers

Post by Rich Moy on Oct 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Until recently, the average software developer salary was a bit of a mystery. Everyone knew that tech talent was in high demand, but there wasn’t much of a consensus on what you should pay them. But today, developers and recruiters alike can easily find the information they need to make better decisions. This is an exciting development—unless your research shows that you can’t afford to pay today’s average salaries.


This begs the question: if your salaries are slightly lower than average, is it still possible to hire great developers? The answer isn’t a straightforward yes. But the good news is that there are other ways to attract top tech talent. This post will walk you through a few things you can do when you can’t afford to pay market value salaries for developers.

Developer Salary Stats Everyone Should Know

It's no secret that salary plays a large part in deciding whether or not to take a new job. (Developers rated it the second-most important aspect when assessing a potential job, after all. ) 

Between the data we get from our annual developer survey and our recently-launched Salary Calculator, we're always aware of developer salary trends around the world. 

Here are a few stats about developer salaries that you should be aware of, whether you work in Human Resources or Engineering.

3 Ways Developer Salary Data Should Impact Your Recruiting Strategy

Post by Rich Moy on Sep 19, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Developers have a lot of job options. With tools like our new Salary Calculator at their disposal, they have plenty of information to help them make better career decisions. That might sound intimidating, but you can also use the insights from developer salary data to increase your ability to recruit them.

Still not sure where to begin? This post will show you three ways to apply this knowledge and make meaningful changes to your recruiting strategy.

The Highest Paying Programming Languages in 2017

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Every year since 2011, Stack Overflow conducts a survey to better understand the motivations, job search preferences, and career goals of professional developers. This year, over 64,000 respondents chimed in, making it the world's most comprehensive developer survey.

One thing we learned this year is that some of the fastest growing technologies are also the highest paying languages. To better understand what the types of developers you want to hire expect to be paid, here's a list of the ten highest paying languages to help you evaluate and adjust your current technical compensation strategy.

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 Transparency Improves Your Developer Hiring Strategy

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

Transparency at every stage of the developer hiring process is often a touchy subject for recruiters. You’d be hard-pressed to find two companies that share the same opinion about how transparent their recruiters should be when they engage with tech candidates. This debate will likely continue for the foreseeable future, but developers have made one thing very clear: employers who aren’t open and honest about their technical roles will find it difficult to attract top talent. Although it might be more comfortable not to share certain details, here are a few ways that increasing transparency will improve your entire developer hiring strategy.

Why Competitive Pay Alone Isn't Enough to Hire (and Retain) Developers

Post by Rich Moy on May 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

You might have read the results of the 2016 Stack Overflow Developer Hiring Landscape and thought to yourself, “I’ve figured it out! If I pay above market value, I’ll surely hire all the developers I need this year.” Considering that over 62% of respondents told us that salary is something they really care about when they evaluate a job opportunity, offering competitive developer pay is a great place to start.

But it’s easy to forget that salary isn’t the only thing that matters to developers. Here are a few reasons why money isn’t always the solution to making (and keeping) developers happy.

Web Development Languages: Which Is the Highest Paying?

Web development languages are often a requirement for tech job listings. Prospective employees want to know if the company’s tech team works with a preferred language, as well as if they’ll have the flexibility to work with different languages in the future. Employers shouldn’t focus just on which languages are the most popular or high-paying, but also look into the structure and problem-solving abilities of each.

Keeping Equity in Mind for Early Stage Software Developer Hiring

Post by Erin Gray on Jul 16, 2014 4:19:00 PM

In today’s day and age, there are new lean startups popping up daily. In the technology sphere, this phenomenon leads to major competition in two main areas: finding funding and hiring developers. More often than not, founders are tasked with hiring technical talent before securing funding, which can be challenging for obvious reasons. So what’s a business owner to do? Delaying hiring will inevitably delay a launch, but hiring developers with little to no funding can be incredibly difficult. This is where hiring with an equity-heavy compensation plan comes into play.

Unfortunately, luring technical talent with equity is no walk in the park, either. Any seasoned developer has probably witnessed failed startups, maybe even their own. While your candidates may be skeptical about considering a job with an equity-heavy compensation plan, here are a few easy simple steps to make the conversation and process a bit easier on both parties:

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