Personnel in the IT industry must rethink: underpaid developers?

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A study of stackoverflow among 64.000 developers shows that many are dissatisfied with the payment. Personal managers have to rethink, especially during recruiting!

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


The average German developer is male, works in Bavaria and has more than 10 years of coding experience

Unfortunately, it is hardly surprising that German developers are still mostly male and work in Bavaria in medium-sized Company, 90 percent of the participants are male and the proportion of women is just under five percent. Regarding the regional distribution of Germany, most programmers work in Bavaria (19,4 percent), followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (17,4 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (15,2 percent).

12,9 percent of the surveyed German developers live and program in the Berlin startup stronghold, which gives the capital a very high density of developers compared to the federal level - more than in the entire new federal states combined.

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Stack Overflow has unveiled the results of the latest global developer study. More than 64.000 users of the site from across 200 countries have participated in the survey, including 5.200 developers from Germany. Most of the participants are web and desktop developers as well as mobile developers and database administrators, the most popular sectors for developers are software development (22,6 percent), Internet and online services (14,9 percent) and the automotive industry (6,2 percent).

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Also surprising is that 53,2 percent of respondents said they have more than 10 years of programming experience, and of that proportion, 20,2 percent own more than 20 years of experience. Coding experience is not equivalent to work experience; many IT specialists have already written code before their first real job. A fact that one should know in the search for programming talent as an employer, because even without many years of study, there are programming talents who have an awful lot on it.

Programmers are mostly autodidacts

One thing stands out in particular: 93 percent of the German respondents said that they had at least partially taught themselves their skills. Above all, they learned their skills with the help of the technical documentation (83,3 percent) or the answers to stack overflow. QundA (79,6 percent) and other 34,2 percent of respondents said that they have reached their current level of education thanks to an online course.

This shows that programming today is still mainly a practical profession that is not necessarily the top universities in CV required. Alternative forms of education are thus not a rarity, although 30,4 percent of respondents have a master degree or comparable. By the way: One of the latest findings from the study is that developers have not had to program since childhood, as often happens, in order to be successful. Rather, beginners with only one to four years of programming experience get very well a job as a programmer. This should give all the newcomers and new programmers courage!

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The status quo at the workplace: satisfied, but underpaid

Developers are generally satisfied with your job. On a scale from one to ten (1 = not satisfied at all, 10 = absolutely satisfied) more than half of the interviewees are between seven and eight.

Regardless of satisfaction, the report also shows the willingness of developers to change: 9 percent are actively looking for a new job and just under 60 percent of all developers are open to offers. This is a great opportunity for companies to attract new talent and engage developers to compete in the battle for IT specialists. By international comparison, relatively few developers in Germany are looking for a new job: 13 percent of all developers worldwide are actively looking for a new job.

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But all developers have one thing in common: When it comes to money, programmers feel underpaid. More than half of those surveyed in Germany (52 percent) said that they feel partially underpaid, and one in ten even underpaid significantly. How the payment looks in Germany and differs regionally, is best viewed directly in the report.

German developers like Java Script and code in their spare time

In the most popular programming languages, Java Script retains the crown for a further year in a row: 41,3 percent of participants said they liked JavaScript, followed by Python (32,7 percent) and Java (31,4 percent).

With the sheer range of different programming languages ​​Perl, Erlang, Groovy and Coffeescript (each 2,9 and 2,8 percent), the worst way to go is tailing. Programming is also a popular hobby among the respondents: 77 percent from Germany stated that programming is also their hobby. Whether own or open source projects - the developers are also busy in their spare time with lines of code.

This is important to developers at job and potential colleagues

When evaluating new jobs, applicants are particularly interested in further professional development opportunities, technologies and the work environment. This is followed by the criterion content. When it comes to supplementary services and employment contract details, developers are particularly important in home office arrangements, holiday days and the number of hours per week.

Asked about how developers in the role of recruiters would select a candidate for the team, they listed the ability to communicate and work independently before concrete expertise. The university education they named only in fifth place. Well, in the opinion of the IT professionals, who fits into the team, independently approaches projects and reliably writes his code.

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Conclusion: Personal managers have to rethink

The study shows that many developers are interested in further training, new challenges and career opportunities. At the same time, we see that HR managers have to rethink:

Developers often have more experience than officially on their resume. Companies should therefore be open to alternative educational pathways in order to win the good talents in the highly competitive IT market.

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