Recruiters are once again expecting a tough year in recruiting tech talent as demand for software developers soars.
A survey of 14,000 developers and recruiters by coding platform CodinGame and tech interview facilitator CoderPad found that nearly half of employers struggle to find suitable candidates for tech roles.
As a result, hiring managers predict that recruiting qualified developers will be their biggest recruiting challenge in 2022, which echoes the results of CodinGame’s 2021 Tech Recruitment Survey.
Companies are recruiting in spades
This year, just over a third (35%) of employers hope to hire more than 50 developers, while an ambitious 15% intend to hire more than 200, according to CodinGame and CoderPad.
But even though 53% of organizations have increased their budget for hiring developers, this increase is offset by an increased demand for technical skills as digitization takes over businesses and industries.
Employers are particularly struggling to match candidates to their specialized professional needs. This year, web development, DevOps and AI/machine learning are among the most sought after technical skills by recruiters, according to the survey.
Plans to hire full-stack engineers and back-end engineers should also pose a recruiting challenge. While these are common roles in the tech industry, recruiters in the survey said full-stack and back-end engineers were in such demand that they could struggling to find enough to meet demand.
There is a shortage of developers who master these languages, Frédéric Desmoulins, co-founder and CEO of Codin Game, tells ZDNet. “These programming languages aren’t taught in school or college, and many developers may not know there’s a demand for these languages,” he adds.
“These are technologies favored by CTOs who want to try something different because they believe in functional languages. There is an opinion that functional languages have fewer side effects than other programming languages, so they are more easily testable with less regression. “
However, the difficulty with this approach is that companies that have adopted these technologies generally only attract developers who have a similar mindset, adds Frédéric Desmoulins.
Go and Swift developers are also in high demand. Go is increasingly being used as part of DevOps, while Swift is the programming language now used to build apps for Apple’s iOS devices. “It’s a fairly recent language and developers who have adopted Swift are rare,” comments Frédéric Desmoulins. “DevOps specialists have been in high demand since the pandemic hit. Many DevOps tools are written in Go, but with the dearth of DevOps experts, there is also a lack of developers with Go expertise.”
The increased need for software skills, as companies move their workforces to the cloud and launch new digital offerings, gives even greater bargaining power to software and IT professionals.
CodinGame and CoderPad noted that part of the reason recruiters have increased their budgets for hiring developers in 2022 is due to increased competition for software skills, which means developers can demand higher salaries. students.
This competition is further accentuated by mass recruitment, according to the survey, with the percentage of recruiters hiring for developer positions of 201 to 500 people having doubled since 2021, and the number of recruiters hiring more than 500 developers having increased by 50. %. The study also suggests that more employers are turning to freelancers and contractors to fill their skills gaps: 42% of recruiters said they had increased their use of non-standard workers during the pandemic.
Overall, the researchers noted that developers had “more options with the global adoption of remote working”, with 66% opting to remote work due to Covid-19. Tech workers also want this trend to continue beyond the pandemic: 70% of developers surveyed say they want to work remotely, 33% prefer full-time telecommuting, and 37% want to split their time between home. and the office.
According to the survey, this matches what recruiters offer: one in three employers offer fully remote positions, while 29% offer flexible and hybrid options. “This is good news, because limiting developer positions in the office is a surefire way to shrink the hiring pool and appear less attractive than competitors’ offerings,” the report reads.
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