The global demand for IT specialists and the deepening competency divide is making the search for employees a great challenge for many companies in the IT sector. This applies to both domestic and global enterprises. As a result, companies have to adapt their job offers to the requirements of those specialists for whom there is the greatest demand. And so, what do software developers require from a potential employer; and what work package will ultimately attract them?
Software developers – a profile
How to encourage an IT specialist to change jobs?
IT specialists from all over Poland, tempted by very good development opportunities, more and more often receive job offers from companies that do not have a representative office in Poland. In addition to higher earnings and remote work, additional factors that encourage candidates to plum for a new challenge are the scale of the project and access to technologies that are not so readily found in Poland. And so it is important that Polish employers focus on the needs of employees and develop solutions aimed at attracting top candidates to their organisations.
From the Devire report “IT Sector 2021/22. The globalisation of the labour market is driving the race for IT talents” we can see that as many as 42% of respondents plan to change jobs over the course of the next six months. This is fantastic news for prospective employers, as long as they plan to take a closer look at the expectations of the software developers. What expectations are we talking about?
As in the case of last year’s survey, salaries are up on the previous year. For IT specialists, financial packages are the dominant issue that encourages them to change jobs. In the last quarter, the best software developers received a dozen job offers per week on average, and almost half of them were offers from companies that do not have offices in Poland. Currently, foreign organisations are able to guarantee higher salaries, and their transparency in terms of remuneration only adds to their appeal. While finances are the best motivator, candidates do also take other factors into account.
According to the Devire report “IT Sector 2021/22”, IT specialists prefer remote work and do not want to return to the office. As many as 54% of respondents want to work fully remotely, and another 25% prefer the hybrid model. What do software developers expect? As many as 57% of specialists in this area require employers to work from the comfort of their homes. Enabling them to perform their duties outside the office certainly has a positive effect on any decision involving a change of employment.
Software developer - professional development and loyalty
Another factor that will encourage experts to consider a job offer is development opportunities. As many as 44% of developers state that the prospects for development and training influence their loyalty to their employers; or conversely, prompt them to accept a different proposal. Moreover, participation in an innovative project or work on new technologies may cause the candidate to lower their financial expectations in order to develop skills or gain global experience.
Software developers - the preferred form of contract
Working on a B2B contract is becoming more and more popular on the IT job market. IT specialists are choosing this contract model mainly due to the flexibility it offers, and the prospect of achieving higher earnings. Software developers are no exception. As many as 42% of respondents stated that they were providing their services on the basis of a B2B contract.
Recently, there has been much talk about modern methods of recruitment and the retention of employees from the IT sector. Software developers are some of the most sought-after experts on the job market, and only a well-thought-out recruitment strategy will increase a company’s competitiveness. A professional approach to a candidate’s needs will encourage them to be involved in the recruitment process from the outset, presenting new prospects and horizons for all concerned.