How recruiters inspire IT developers: Salary wishes, Elon Musk and the end of mandatory attendance

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High time for developers - the IT industry is also booming in Germany and developers have every chance. How does this affect salary requirements and job demands?

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Stefan Schwarzgruber Stefan SchwarzgruberStefan Schwarzgruber has been responsible for the business development of Stackoverflow in the DACH market since 2015.


Inventory of German developers

If today's media report the onset of a recession, it will not affect most tech-Company, But what about the developer scene? Who are these German developers, what are they looking for, wanting and experiencing?

Germany is doing well, especially in the labor market. Unemployment is at its lowest level since reunification, and it's going well for developers and IT specialists in particular. Exactly this rosy picture is also a survey of Stackovrflow with a total of 5.375 programmers from all over Germany.

German developers are still mostly male and live in Bavaria

The survey proves that, as in previous years, the prototypical developer in Germany is still male (93,6 percent male, 5,4 percent female, 1,4 percent divers / inter) and younger than 35 years and has completed a master's degree at a university , It is noticeable that most of the participants also continue to train outside of education and higher education - in Germany this is more than 90 percent. international 85,5 percent.

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Incidentally, two-thirds of German participants have studied computer science or software engineering in a classic way. Compared to the rest of the world, Germany still has more academics and scientists and fewer designers among the IT experts. More than half of respondents are backend developers (51,4 percent) and almost 25 percent work on desktop and enterprise software. Most developers live in Bavaria (19,2 percent), North Rhine-Westphalia (16,7 percent), Berlin (15,8 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (14,9 percent).

Salaries of IT experts: Schnöder Mammon or ringing in the cashier?

About two-thirds of respondents are either self-employed or working for companies with up to 499 employees. The best performers are Development Leaders (median: 86.000 Euro Annual Salary), SREs (86.000 Euro Annual Salary), DevOps Specialists (69.500 Euro Annual Salary) and Data Scientists / Analysts (69.000 Euro Annual Salary). It stands out above all that the average top earner positions are internationally remarkably uniform - all over the world can be earned as a programmer so good money.

The least money to take home continues to be game or graphic developer (median: 55.000 Euro annual salary) and designer (median: 52.000 Euro annual salary). Interestingly enough, salary levels also correlate with the job satisfaction of developers. The majority works between 40-44 hours a week (61,5 percent) - about ten hours more than the average 34,9 hours worked by all German employees.

Diversity in the developer community

In the survey, the participants were also given the option of a third choice besides male and female as gender attribution. Accordingly, 93,6 percent of respondents are male, 5,4 percent female and 1,3 percent divers / inter. According to own statements, this third category also starts earliest with programming, whereby the average age of the first programming experience in Germany is generally younger than in the rest of the world (divers / inter: 13,2 years, male: 14,4 years, female: 16,7 years).

It is also interesting to note that women as well as persons who describe themselves as divers / interiors rate the office environment and corporate culture as well as time flexibility as most important when assessing a potential job. They also say rather than men that the diversity of an organization is a central concern for them (divers / inter 36,6 percent, female 19,8 percent, male 6,3 percent).

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Working environment and wishes of the developers

Overall, less than 10 percent of participants are actively seeking a new job, but about two thirds are interested in learning about new challenges. More than half of the respondents have taken on a new job over the past two years. This coincides with the international comparison.

A disturbing work environment (41,6 percent) and frequent meetings (38,5 percent) are the biggest productivity killers for German developers. Compared to international respondents in this country prefers flexible working hours (56,1 percent) and attaches importance to the specific team in which one works.

Bye mandatory attendance?

Another topic worth thinking about is the presence requirement at the workplace. Only 7 percent of respondents - only half as many as in international comparison - work full time in the home office. These developers have on average about 40 percent more programming experience than their colleagues in the office.

Although 64 percent of respondents prefer to work in the office, however, about a third of the participants preferred the home office. Thus, the number of those who want home office is twice as large as those who are currently enjoying it - a statement that HR and recruiting experts should take into their companies when they are looking for IT Specialists are.

Most popular programming languages

As far as pure programming language is concerned, this year JavaScript (62,6 percent), HTML / CSS (58,9 percent), SQL (51,7 percent), Java (43,9 percent) and Bash / Shell / PowerShell (42,6 percent) are at the top. Although Rust is only ranked 21 (4,5 percent) here, it is at the same time the most popular language of the developer community in Germany (82 percent). Second and third place are followed by TypeScript (75 percent) and Clojure (74,7 percent).

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Respondents using Scala, Go, Objective-C and Ruby earn the highest salaries, averaging around 70.000 euros a year. Python is the third year in a row, the programming language that most respondents still wants to use or learn (19,2 percent). The willingness for continuous further education and training is generally particularly pronounced among developers in Germany: More than 90 percent of respondents say they have acquired a new programming language, a new framework or tool outside of their formal education, and about one Quarter of respondents already participated in a hackathon (23,5 percent). The majority of respondents also program in their free time (83,3 percent).

Elon Musk and the pessimism

What moves the programming community in this country next to the technical? Well, there is, on the one hand, that respondents in Germany are among the most pessimistic in international comparison. Asked "Will people who are born today have a better life?", Only 56,2 percent of German developers answered yes. By comparison, in China, Ukraine and Russia around 80 percent of respondents are convinced.

And which public person do developers in Germany think is the most influential? At the top of the podium is Elon Musk, closely followed by Jeff Bezos and Satya Nadella. And even 2,4 percent of the developers even called themselves. Even Donald Trump still got 1,8 percent of the votes.

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