Which software engineer jobs pay the most

Which software engineer jobs pay the most

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, tech trends | No Comments

Software engineers are incredibly valuable with some software engineer jobs paying as much as you would a doctor or a lawyer. At the same time, the barrier to entry seems to be getting lower. The number of professional developers with less than a bachelor’s degree who responded to Stack Overflow’s Developer Survey has grown to a full 25% of the respondents. This begs the question, if just about anybody can do it, what makes software engineer jobs pay so much?

To find out, we needed a big data set so we turned to PayScale. Using that platform, not only are you able to see the salary range for a software engineer, you can break it down by skills, location, and company.

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A Conversation with Jon Skeet: The Chuck Norris of Programming, on the Yellow Duck Podcast

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Did you know that when Jon Skeet’s code fails to compile, the compiler apologises? What about the fact that when Jon does a search on Google, the only result is “I’ll be right back?” Source: Stack Overflow

For those of you who don’t know, Jon Skeet is a Senior Software Engineer at Google in London, UK. While some of the wilder claims about him still need to be verified, what is definitely true is that he is the only user of Stack Overflow with a reputation over 1,000,000.

Since 1998, this guy has contributed over 34,000 answers to the site, generating over 230,000,000 views! So what do you ask the guy who has already answered every question imaginable?

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The seven deadly tech recruitment sins

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In the ideal world, your tech talent pipeline is full of candidates and when you select one and tell them you’re interested, they’re game. Once you make an offer, they gladly say yes.  Fast forward a couple of days, they sign the employment contract and you live happily ever after. In reality, you have to spend hours sourcing, personalizing and generally need to bend over backwards to get your message across. With the high competition for software developers these days, it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to lure a candidate to join your company. In other words, the recruitment process in IT is rife with challenges, even to seasoned recruiters, not to mention those guilty of some of the biggest tech recruitment sins.  Read More

14 technical recruitment best practices for 2018

14 technical recruitment best practices for 2018

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The situation in tech changes so fast that as tech recruiters, we need to constantly improve our hiring process. The techniques that worked before may not be as relevant in this age of super competitive labour markets so we have scoured the Internet to find recruitment best practices to help you stay at the forefront of tech recruitment.

Recruitment best practices, what’s the big deal?

To be a successful tech recruiter, it is more important to start with excellent soft skills than it is to start with a business background. In fact, an analysis of recruiters’ LinkedIn profiles found that the number one degree held by recruiters is Psychology and not a business degree. It is to this kind of background that most recruiters add recruitment best practices to score the top technical talent. So what are recruitment best practices?

Simply put, recruitment best practices are techniques that have a track record of getting good results. You can and should develop your own as you gain experience but as Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” In other words, use these established recruitment best practices to get to the front of the tech recruitment pack.

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Work sample test

Why a work sample test will identify the software developers you need to hire

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Before it was easy to give a work sample test to anyone who fell into your tech recruitment funnel, the technical hiring process was a minefield. Even before I got into the industry, I remember hearing stories of the frustrations my friends and colleagues faced trying to navigate the technical interview process both as candidates and hiring managers.

Candidates were hit with barrages of irrelevant, time consuming, and dispiriting algorithmic tests and whiteboard interviews which heavily favored recent college grads and gave them no insight into the job. It was equally difficult for recruiters and hiring managers. They had very few effective methods to determine which of their dev candidates would go on to do great work for them. So they used what was available and had to put up with the variability of the results. But there is a better way.

The work sample test is a well-established idea in other fields, revolutionizing the hiring process but is now gaining traction in tech.

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GDPR recruitment

[INFOGRAPHIC]: 2018 GDPR recruitment implications – get ready!

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, Infographic, IT recruitment | One Comment

As of 25 May 2018, companies who collect personal data of EU residents have to become compliant with the GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation). The 2018 GDPR recruitment implications are manifold and they involve giving individuals more control over their personal data, as well as simplifying the data protection environment.

HR and recruitment professionals rely heavily on personal data which they collect and store. In fact, decisions made throughout the recruitment process are based on personal information such as education or professional experience.  What is more, the EU GDPR places the burden of compliance on the organization collecting and/or storing the data. For that reason, it’s in their hands to ensure compliance before the deadline arrives. 

We’ve put together data on the effect the 2018 GDPR will have on recruitment and presented it in a handy infographic you can find below. Let’s get started! Read More

how to become a recruiter in tech

How to become a recruiter in tech: 7 simple steps

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How to become a recruiter in tech? And how can you improve your hiring skills if you’re already an active recruiter? There are a number of things you can do to be more successful in HR, regardless of your level of advancement. In this post, we look at ways you can start your career in recruitment as well as improve your skills as a professional tech recruiter. We present you with actionable tips which are easy to implement so you can start right away.  

How to become a recruiter and what is the typical salary?

Although the string of decisions which leads to becoming a recruiter is not identical for everyone, in most cases it starts with the right education (this topic is covered in detail below in section 1). Read More

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Online coding interview and how to CodePair remotely

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview | No Comments

The reason why you give a coding interview to a software development candidate is to make an educated guess of how well they will do their job if they are hired. This post will tell you the best way to give an online coding interview and how to provide a better candidate experience by code paring remotely.

Coding interviews used to involve reading tea leaves. Then the crystal ball came along and changed the industry overnight.

Of course, I’m joking but a lot of the popular methods for interviewing software developers predict their success about as well as a crystal ball.

What you want to see is how your developer candidates perform under real-world conditions. At the same time, you want to make it as painless as possible for your candidate to take the test.

An online code pairing interview gives you a window onto your candidate’s development process in as close to a real environment as you will find anywhere.

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Devskiller software engineer salary numbers

[INFOGRAPHIC]: Software engineer salary numbers

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The topic of software engineer salary has long been the subject of debate. According to a widely held belief, a typical developer salary is sky-high. If that’s really the case, how come 54.8% of devs are unsatisfied with their paycheck?

To give you a better understanding of the intricate subject of software engineer salary, we’ve gathered data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stack Overflow, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Jobvite, PayScale, Hannah Riley Bowles, Linda Babcock, and Lei Lai research, and InContext.

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Devskiller platform update – what is new? #February2018

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #February2018

By | Changelog, Human Resources, IT recruitment, tech trends

It’s 2018 and boy have we been busy. That means making our platform better and generally helping lift standards in the tech recruitment field. Our users have spoken and we’ve worked tirelessly to make their experience better.

We have a bunch of new cool features and products we have realised that will help you achieve your tech recruitment goals. So without further adieu, let’s see what’s new at Devskiller.

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A diverse group of people

Avoid unconscious bias in your tech recruitment process

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

The goal of the tech recruitment process is fundamentally about finding the best person for the job. The simple truth is that by eliminating unconscious bias in recruitment, you access more qualified candidates than you could before.

I think you would be hard-pressed to find a person in tech who goes into the recruitment process consciously giving into their biases. In the same way, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a hiker who goes into the mountains expecting to be saved by mountain rescue.

Unfortunately, hikers still get stranded and there is still evidence that the tech industry is rife with bias. The Stack Overflow 2017 Developer Survey found that their respondents who were professional developers were almost 90% male and almost 80% white.

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Devskilller tech recruitment book

[JUST PUBLISHED] A tech recruitment book every HR Pro should read

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

It’s time for some big news!  Our long-awaited tech recruitment book IT Recruitment Process That Works. Proven strategies, industry benchmarks and expert intel to supercharge your tech hiring is out and is available exclusively on Amazon.

The comprehensive guide to technical hiring is written by our cofounders, Kate Kandefer and Tom Winter, who share their insights and experience in hiring software developers.   Read More

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65+ recruitment stats HR pros must know in 2018

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment

2018 is here and it’s time to look at the current developer hiring landscape. The tech recruitment industry is constantly changing and to help HR professionals keep up, each year industry leaders release reports packed full of HR statistics. These can serve as a benchmark and hopefully turn make tech hiring data-driven discipline across companies worldwide.

To help you make informed hiring decisions in 2018, we’ve gone through volumes of research from a number of organizations including Stack Overflow, Google, Manpower Group, Society for Human Resource Management, Glassdoor, Deloitte University Press, Edelman Trust Barometer, The MRINetwork, Jobvite, PayScale, NFIB, Work Institute, and The American Journal of Health Promotion.

Here are the top 2018 HR statistics to guide you through 2018. Read More

The most popular programming languages and frameworks of 2017 with 2018 predictions

The most popular programming languages and frameworks of 2017 with 2018 predictions

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment, Tech trends

Out with the old, in with the new. That is how tech is supposed to work right?

It can seem to an outsider that technologies come and go faster than fashions on the Paris Catwalk. But if you hire developers, you have to stay abreast of these trends for fear of being late to the party when the next big trend technology needs to be sourced.

To help you out, we’ve checked a few of the big end-of-year technology studies to give you a look at what was big in 2017 and a window into what will be big in 2018.

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GDPR headache coming to recruitment in 2018 – resolved by Krzysztof Dzioba of EY LAW

By | Expert Interview, Human Resources, Recruiting Tips

The Web has transformed how people look for jobs as well as the way companies recruit professionals. Candidates either fill out forms and willingly submit their personal information or are identified by recruiters based on the information they choose to share online. In some cases, the data of candidates involved in the hiring process get mishandled.

On 25 May 2018, a new privacy regulation addressing this issue comes into force. It’s called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Although May 2018 may seem far away, there’s a lot that needs to be done so you need to start right away. The clock is ticking, but organizations are still far from ready. According to a 2017 study by TrustArc entitled “Privacy and the EU GDPR”, 61% of survey participants reported that they have not started the process of implementing the GDPR. To give you a better understanding of the GDPR and its implications on the recruitment process, we talk to Krzysztof Dzioba of Ernst & Young Law Tałasiewicz, Zakrzewska i Wspólnicy sp.k. Read More

Introducing Devskiller Tech Recruitment Certification Course

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview

Tech Recruiters are faced with one of the biggest challenges in HR because they chase after the second hardest group to recruit globally (according to ManpowerGroup research). As a consequence, the degree of competition in tech recruitment is FIERCE.

That said, some tech recruiters operate with outdated methods or even worse, have no structure they follow and optimize. Others act like there’s still a surplus of talent in tech while there’s actually a scarcity of talent. Not only do these people fail miserably, but they also give good recruiters bad rep.

Moreover, in tech recruitment, there’s always room to grow. Even the best recruiters need to keep learning to stay on top of their game.

That’s why we’ve decided to take action and designed our educational course dedicated to tech recruitment. We want to give you a competitive advantage over your competitors so you can recruit the best developers out there. And everything is FREE, with the aim to participate in building a better Tech Recruitment market.

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