What Developers Want From Employers

By Dennis McCafferty
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    What Developers Want From Employers

    What Developers Want From Employers

    A new survey of 64,000 developers reveals intriguing insights into what they look for in a job, and how they feel their work contributions should be measured.

With demand for their skills rising, most developers are either actively looking for a new job—or are at least interested in hearing about new career opportunities, according to Stack Overflow, an online community for programmers. The resulting "Stack Overflow Annual Developer Survey" reveals that salary remains an issue, as the vast majority of respondents feel that they're underpaid. They're also seeking employers that offer generous vacation packages and health benefits. In addition, they're interested in telecommuting options, as most of these professionals work remotely at least some of the time. With regard to languages, they prefer to work with JavaScript, SQL, Java, C# and Python. And they feel their performance should be measured primarily in terms of customer satisfaction and their ability to complete projects on time and within budget. "In a hiring landscape where developers are in constant demand, understanding the talent you want to hire is the single most important thing you can do to attract—and retain—the right developers," said Jay Hanlon, a vice president at Stack Overflow. More than 64,000 developers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2017-03-30
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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