How developers will face a changing market for jobs in 2022

CoderPad says that recruiters are being challenged by a shortage of qualified candidates for developers jobs and are changing their hiring strategies.

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Programmers and developers have great opportunities in the 2022 job market. Many recruiters are looking to hire more developers in 2022 than they did in 2021. They are also reviewing the processes they use to interview and select qualified candidates. Developers must be qualified and skilled to make the most of this market. The challenges and priorities of developers and recruiters is the subject of a new report by CoderPad, a technical interview platform.

SEE: How to build a successful career as a programmer (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

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Its new Tech Hiring Survey reportFrom late October to early December 2021, CodinGame and CoderPad surveyed 14,000 developers and recruiters in 131 countries. Although many students coded in the survey, most of the respondents were professionals who work in various industries.

The U.S. was the most profitable country for developers. It had a median salary of $95,879 and 44% earned $100,000 or more. 5% made more than $200,000. Canada came in second place with a salary of $71,193. The UK, Sweden and Germany are also good options for healthy salaries.

Developers cited web development, artificial intelligence/machine-learning, and game development as the three most desired specialties. When asked to name the most sought-after specialties for hiring, recruiters suggested web development, DevOps, and AI/ML. Although web development and AI seem like the most promising areas to focus on, recruiters indicated that they also require candidates who are skilled in cloud computing or database software.


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In 2022, recruiters will be looking for programming languages. JavaScript, Java, and Python are the three most sought-after. C++, C# and C++ will also be in high demand. For some less-known languages and niche languages, like Clojure and Scala there will be more demand than supply.

35% of the recruiters polled said that they intend to hire more developers than 50 this year. The percentage of people who want to hire 201-500 developers increased more than 50% from 2021. However, the number of professionals looking to hire more then 500 people jumped by half. More than half of recruiters stated that they will have more money in 2022 to pay for new hires. Many recruiters mentioned that developers may have higher demands for their salaries, which could explain why these higher budgets.

SEE: Hiring kit: JavaScript Developer (TechRepublic Premium).

Developers must be at the top of their game to secure open positions and better salaries. Half of the recruiters said finding qualified developers to fill their jobs was their greatest challenge. Two of the most difficult jobs to fill were full stack engineer and back end engineer. These positions will be in high demand by 2022. DevOps is another position that recruiters will have difficulty filling.

Many recruiters are rethinking their processes and requirements to attract the best talent in a tight labor market. 57% of recruiters indicated that they might or would remove the traditional resume and CV from the hiring process. These documents don’t always reflect the full skillset of the candidate.

In one year, the number of developers hired by recruiters from non-academic backgrounds jumped from 23% to 39%. This is a boon for many developers as 40% of those surveyed didn’t learn code in school. Instead, recruiters will more often use technical assessments tests and live interview to assess a candidate’s abilities.

Amanda Richardson, CoderPad CEO, stated that it is clear that developers are in high demand. This forces companies to adapt and change so they can fill the critical roles they need with the right talent. We are truly moving into an era of less “who you know” and more “what you know.” These are important changes that both employers and candidates need to make. Employers will find stronger and more diverse talent if they hire based on their skills, not factors such as college name or geographic location.

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