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The World's Most Comprehensive Developer Study

With the demand for technical talent far exceeding the supply, every company is searching for its next developer. By understanding how developers think, what they care about, and what makes them tick, employers can effectively hire the talent their company needs.

Each year, Stack Overflow surveys the programming community on a variety of topics ranging from their favourite technologies to the time spent looking for jobs. Download the Developer Hiring Landscape Report to discover the results.

Key Findings:

  • 59% of developers in the UK & Ireland are open to new opportunities, but just 9% are actively looking for a job.
  • 94% of developers in the UK & Ireland say they are at least partially self-taught.
  • The highest average salaries are seen in London and Ireland (over £49,000), whilst developers in Wales have the lowest earnings (circa £33,000).
  • The UK has proportionally more iOS developers and fewer Android developers than the rest of the world.
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Over 64,000 respondents from 213 countries and territories participated this year, making it the world’s largest and most comprehensive developer survey. Of those respondents, 4,740 were from the UK & Ireland region. 

Further learnings from the survey show that professional developers aren’t the only ones writing code as a hobby. Respondents also identified themselves as Analysts, Educators, and Graphic Designers. 37% of current professional developers in the UK said that their formal education was “not very important” or “not at all important” to their career success. This is not entirely surprising given that 94% of developers in UK and Ireland overall consider themselves at least somewhat self-taught: a formal degree is only one aspect of their education.


About Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is the world’s largest website for developers to learn, share knowledge and level up their careers. The Stack Overflow Talent team offer a variety of hiring solutions to help match the best programmers on Stack Overflow to the best jobs. If you’d like to find out how to use our services to attract and recruit developers, request a demo or visit our website.