How developers face the changing job market in 2022

How developers face the changing job market in 2022

Faced with the challenge of a lack of qualified candidates for developer jobs, CoderPad says, recruiters are rethinking their usual hiring strategies.


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The labor market in 2022 offers great potential for programmers and developers. Many recruiters are planning to hire more developers than they did in 2021 and are reevaluating the methods they use to interview and hire good candidates. But to take advantage of this favorable market, developers need to be skilled and qualified. A new report from technical interviewing platform CoderPad looks at challenges and priorities among developers and recruiters.

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For the new Technology Recruitment Survey report, CoderPad and its training platform CodinGame surveyed 14,000 developers and recruiters across 131 different countries from late October through early December 2021. Although many student programmers participated in the survey, the majority of respondents were professionals working in a group of industries.

The United States was the most lucrative country for developer jobs with a median salary of $95,879, with 44% of developers surveyed earning $100,000 or more and 5% earning more than $200,000. Switzerland came next with an average salary of $90,462, followed by Canada with a salary of $71,193. Other countries that offer good salaries are the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands.

When asked which disciplines they would like to learn the most, the developers cited artificial intelligence/machine learning, web development, and game development. When asked to identify the majors in high demand for employment, recruiters cited web development, DevOps, and AI/ML. Although web development and artificial intelligence appear to be the most promising areas to pursue, recruiters said they also need candidates with skills in cloud computing and database software.


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Looking at the programming languages, JavaScript, Java, and Python are cited as the first three languages ​​that recruiters will be looking for for job candidates in 2022. C, C++, and C# will also be required. But for some of the lesser known and more specialized languages, such as Clojure and Scala, there will be more demand for jobs than supply.

Among the recruiters surveyed, 35% said they plan to hire more than 50 developers this year. The proportion of those aiming to hire 201 to 500 developers more than doubled as of 2021, while the number of those looking to hire more than 500 professionals jumped 50%. To pay for new hires, more than half of recruits said they would get more money in their budgets in 2022. These higher budgets may also be a result of higher salary demands by developers, a factor many recruiters cited in the survey.

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But to win these open jobs and higher salaries, developers need to be on top of their game. Nearly half of the recruits said finding qualified developers to fill the positions was their biggest challenge. The two most difficult positions cited to fill are full stack engineer and backend engineer, both of which will be in high demand by 2022. Other positions that recruiters will struggle to fill are DevOps, Application Developer, Front End Developer and Engineer.

With the job market still very tight, many recruiters are reconsidering the usual processes and requirements they use to bring in the right talent. About 57% of recruiters said they would remove a resume or traditional resume from the hiring process, as these elements do not necessarily paint a complete picture of a candidate’s skill set.

The number of recruits hiring developers from non-academic backgrounds increased from 23% to 39% in one year, which is a boon for many candidates since 40% of developers surveyed didn’t learn how to code in school. Instead, recruiters will increasingly turn to technical assessment tests and live interviews to better gauge a candidate’s qualifications.

“It’s clear that the growing demand for developers is forcing companies to evolve and adjust so that they can fill critical roles with much-needed talent,” said Amanda Richardson, CoderPad CEO. “We are truly entering an era where ‘what you know’ is less than ‘who you know.’ These are long overdue changes and will benefit both candidates and employers in the long run. Hiring based on skills rather than factors like college name or geographic location of a candidate will bring in stronger and more talents. Variety to the table.”

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