Future Job Opportunities: What Developers Look For

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Recruiters continue to be in high demand for technical talent. According to nearly all major job boards, there are over 70,000 technical positions open right now!

But, the majority of developers do not search for new jobs actively. More than a half, are open to new opportunities when they arise. Thus, there are some questions that all recruiters should consider. 

What are your strategies for recruiting technical talent? How do you determine what developers look for in a new position? Here are some surprising results from a survey of 500 developers.

Retention factors for developers

Most developers either actively seek employment or are open to new job opportunities. Wages are the most common reason why developers leave current employment. Developers leave their current jobs for plenty of reasons, including flexibility and learning opportunities. Every age group claimed that flexibility in working hours and remote work is considered the most important. Especially, millennials are constantly seeking out learning opportunities.

Flexible work environments and learning opportunities are significant to developers

The developer experience should be the priority at work, according to over 53% of developers. Also, when developers join a company, they prefer a structured environment with connections.

Reputation is a key factor in recruiting 

When it comes to learning what it is like to work at a particular company, developers generally consult four sources: their network, media, company content such as blogs, videos, and reviews. Additionally, they ask friends and family for recommendations about the company.  

Among developing companies, there are divergent opinions about whether their reputation is an accurate representation of what it is like to work for them.

A Solution’s stack power

A developer who pulls out of an interview for another job is more likely to leave because they dislike the solutions stack. Most developers are looking for new learning opportunities, so this makes sense. Other leading reasons are that the interview process was disorganized, odd questions were used, and the company had poor reviews.

Flexible programming languages and frameworks are the most popular. A study found the most popular languages for the sixth year in a row are Rust and Python. Both languages have varied applications and developer-friendly features, which has helped to make them crowd favorites.

Four out of five developers want to use React. When Svelte entered the list for the first time, it was the most requested framework.

Have in mind

Developers seek flexibility and the opportunity to learn new skills, regardless of company policies or tech stack. They are more likely to look elsewhere if they cannot find it in their current role. With over 70,000 technical positions open and 20% of developers actively seeking work, talent wars are not going away anytime soon.