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Developers are at the Forefront of the Revolution in Education

There is a shortage of skills in the UK and Ireland. Yet the rate of unemployment among new Computer Science graduates is high 6 months after graduation. 

Has formal education has become obsolete? What do developers think about the role of formal education in their careers? And what can employers do to attract this new generation of coders?

Preview Of Key Findings:

  • 11.7% of Computer Science graduates are unemployed 6 months after their graduation 


  • 42% of developers on average have a bachelors degree


  • Developers are diversifying the way they learn by attending evening courses, bootcamps and other flexible training systems


  • JavaScript, C#, and SQL are the most desired languages to work with sought by developers


  • Python, JavaScript and Java are the most visited technologies on Stack Overflow since the start of 2017
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This report features commentary by leading companies and massive open online courses (MOOCs) including; MongoDB, Udacity, General Assembly,  Simply Business, and diffblue.


What do Developers Think of Education?

37% of current professional developers in the UK and Ireland said that their formal education was ‘not very important’ or ‘not at all important’ to their career success. Moreover, developers do not evaluate their colleagues on the level of their education but on a well-rounded skill set. 

The Developer Ecosystem reports

Stack Overflow has created a series of reports focused on the developer ecosystem of the UK and Ireland. Each report is designed to help businesses understand how to find and connect with tech talent in the best possible way. Discover all the reports

About Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online developer community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities.

Founded in 2008, Stack Overflow partners with businesses to help them understand, hire, engage, and enable the world's developers. To learn more about Stack Overflow's business solutions - technical recruiting, advertising, market research, and enterprise knowledge sharing visit www.stackoverflowbusiness.com/uk/talent