A Peek into the Minds of Developers in 2024 - Guide for Recruiters

Are you a recruiter? You’re at the right place. Brace yourself as we’re about to take a deep dive into the fascinating world of developers, through the 2024 Developer Skills Report from Hackerrank. Now remember, this isn’t your average dry data analysis. Think of it as your special pass to the behind-the-scenes to understand what drives these developers and how you can capture the top talent for your team.

Joseph Lefebvre on April 02, 2024 Average reading time: 4 min
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A Peek into the Minds of Developers in 2024  - Guide for Recruiters
Team and Culture  – The Real Deal Breakers

So, what’s the deal with developers these days?

Well, according to the report, they’re not just looking for a job. They’re hunting for opportunities. Yeah, you heard it right. Developers are all about seizing the chances that come their way, with a staggering 44% prioritizing opportunity over security.  And it’s not just about the paycheck. It’s about what they can learn, create, and achieve in their roles. And they prefer to do that in 5 days a week. Not 4.

But wait, there’s more!

While perks and office vibes might sweeten the deal, it’s the team and culture that seal the deal for developers. If they find their ‘tribe’, it can become a place where they can grow, collaborate, and thrive. So, if you want to keep your developers happy and engaged, focus on creating a supportive environment where they feel valued and empowered.

Bridging the Gap by Investing in Upskilling

Now, let’s talk about upskilling. You know, it’s that magical process where developers level up their skills and become even more awesome? Well, here’s the kicker. Not all companies are on board with it.  You probably weren’t expecting this information, right? Turns out, developers are three times more likely than their managers to say that upskilling isn’t offered at their company. Only 22% of developers get regular time for upskilling, while the rest have to squeeze it into their already-packed schedules. But as a recruiter, don’t worry.

Keep in mind that where there’s a skill gap, there’s an opportunity.

By investing in upskilling programs, you not only boost productivity and retention but also show your developers that you’re invested in their growth. It’s a win-win situation!

The Python Revolution – Rethinking Skill Requirements

Moving further, we have tech, specifically, AI. It’s no secret that AI has been making massive strides in the tech world, and the numbers don’t lie. The creation of new tests measuring AI-related skills has skyrocketed since 2023, with AI tools like ChatGPT becoming mainstream staples for developers. However, with great AI comes great responsibility, and 3 out of 4 developers are concerned about AI-related plagiarism on technical assessments. So, while AI can be a game-changer, it’s essential to stay vigilant and ensure a level playing field for all developers.

Python vs. Java  – Navigating the Skill Landscape

Speaking of skills, let’s take a closer look at what recruiters are after. Surprise, surprise! Java and Python are still above all, but Python is closing in on Java faster than you can say “code.” In fact, Python’s test creations have surged to 74% of Java’s, signaling a potential shift in the tech landscape. With Python’s close ties to AI, it’s no wonder recruiters are keeping a close eye on this versatile language. But, it’s not just about the technical skills.

It’s about the whole package. More than half of developers feel that college isn’t preparing students with the skills they need, and 60% don’t think a degree is necessary for technical roles. It’s all about what you can bring to the table, whether you learned it in a lecture hall or a coding boot camp.

Assessing Skills in a Complex World

Now comes everyone’s favorite topic which is assessing skills. Spoiler alert: it’s really hard. Like, really, really hard.  Even recruiters and executives agree with this, with 68% and 69% respectively finding it challenging to make sure candidates have the skills they claim. However, with the right tools and mindset, you can separate the coding wizards from the wannabes.

So, if you’re wondering, what’s the secret sauce for retaining top talent? It has two ingredients:

  1. Growth opportunities
  2. Great team culture

Developers want to feel like they’re making progress, both in their skills and their careers.  Having a supportive team by their side makes all the difference. Oh, and did we mention that ironically, recruiters often underestimate the appeal of team and culture? Turns out, higher pay isn’t always the golden ticket to attracting top talent.

Before you go…

To wrap it all up, recruiting top developers isn’t just about matching keywords on a resume. It’s about understanding what catches their eye and showing them that your company is the place where they can thrive. So, take these insights, add some creativity, and get ready to build the dream team of developers your company deserves.

Happy recruiting and thanks to HackerRank for the great report.



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