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Earlier this year, 64,000 professional programmers took the world’s largest developer survey from Stack Overflow — a global community of over 50 million developers (1). Though the community includes people from tech hubs like Silicon Valley, more than 75% of the users hail from outside the U.S.: from Russia to Sao Paolo, all over India, and Katmandu. The number of participants who identified as female responding to the survey was up from 2016, clocking in at 10%.
We recently sat down with Alex Miller, Stack Overflow’s General Manager of Enterprise, to discuss the survey results’ implications for technology executives as well as how they can attract the best programming talent and unleash developer productivity in the enterprise.
“Digital transformation-minded executives recognize developers are no longer part of a backend system that makes enterprises a little more efficient. Instead, they create product.”
— Alex Miller
90% of developers are at least partially self-taught
While many executives imagine developers are childhood whizzes who write code from the time they are 11 years old, data indicates otherwise. Over half began coding within five years of their first professional job; 12% secured their first gig within a year of learning to program.
“Because developers are constantly learning, they’re tech executives’ best asset for staying in front of top trends and understanding day-to-day implications for teams and businesses.”
— Alex Miller
Only 13% of programmers are actively looking for new opportunities; 75% want to hear about them
That, combined with the fact that there are five open positions for each developer actively looking for a role, means that you’ll be hard pressed to fill your jobs by targeting only active candidates. Go to where developers are when they’re not just looking for jobs and look past the standard job boards, which only attract active job hunters and force employers to pay for advertising to compete for top talent.
Quality tools and technology are recruiting gold
Even though 88.6% of professional developers have full-time jobs, three-quarters of them still program on off hours. Because they’re used to selecting favorite tools in off-hours, they expect to be able to use the enterprise versions of those tools at work. Picking the cheapest (instead of the best) version control, IDEs and knowledge management tools is a recipe for an unhappy and unproductive team.
“IT leaders in various industries — not just high tech, especially banking and insurance — effectively recruit by highlighting the quality of their team’s tools.”
— Alex Miller
Commonly accepted workplace design makes developers unhappy and unproductive
Overall, the office environment is the third most important factor in assessing a potential job, and 53% said remote options are a top priority. That may be because interruptions inside open work areas can severely impact programming productivity, as other studies have shown. Two-thirds of developers work from home at least once a month and 10% do it full-time or almost full-time.