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DevSkiller Report 2024: Skills Management and Assessment Insights

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DevSkiller Report 2024: Skills management and assessment insights

Marking its 6th year, the DevSkiller Report 2024: Skills Management and Assessment Insights focuses on skills management, skills assessment, and employee development customer data collected on the DevSkiller platform.

We’ve summarized some of the data points from the report for a quick overview on this page. To dive deeper into the comprehensive 49-page report, click here to download the full version.

Table of contents

Patterns and trends in 2023

AI skills surge

Just over a year ago, OpenAI released its groundbreaking product ChatGPT. Since then, the generative AI tool has taken over, changing workflows across entire industries.

While the AI revolution is still unfolding and its total impact remains to be seen, we already have some exciting insights from LinkedIn that predict massive changes in people’s skills. LinkedIn suggests we’ll see a whopping 65% shift in skills by 2030 due to the mass adoption of AI. That means business leaders will prioritize specialists well-versed in AI tools to enhance productivity within their organization.

Top 10 global tech skills

This global AI adoption is further evident by a recent Udemy report where ChatGPT claimed the number 1 spot in the top 10 global tech skills with a vast 4,419% growth.

Despite popular misconceptions, AI is designed to alleviate monotonous and repetitive tasks, not to replace humans. AI will contribute to the job market, such as in the automotive and aerospace industries, where 73% of the companies expect to expand their workforce

It is no secret that the potential behind AI is tremendous, and consequently, the adoption rate of new intelligent tools has grown exponentially. McKinsey forecasts trillions of dollars in value added to the global economy by AI. In other words, this is a massive opportunity for every business to increase their revenue by incorporating AI tools in their workflows.

Skills shortage

Organizations have been experiencing skills shortages for some time, urging them to change their approach to hiring. Now, the emphasis has shifted within the hiring process from titles or years of experience to actual skills that can move the needle for your business.

According to Forbes, the most in-demand skills 2024 will be an exciting blend of technical competencies and soft skills. Some include generative AI, data, communication, and project management skills. It’s safe to say we’ll see increased investment in L&D to eliminate skills gaps and stay competitive in the market. Candidates will also prioritize companies that provide proper training and career development opportunities.

Judging by this trend, the most in-demand skills fall into two categories. One helps leverage the power of AI and other technology, while the other focuses on the many irreplaceable qualities humans bring. Those who can master both will become a valuable asset in any organization.

Section 1: Technologies insights

The Technologies Insights section provides insights designed to empower developers and recruiters, offering a comprehensive understanding of current technology trends. This knowledge is instrumental in guiding informed decisions for career development and strategic business planning.

In the full report, we outline the most popular and fastest growing technologies on the DevSkiller platform, and highlight the most sought-after IT skills, resources, frameworks, and libraries in their relevant tech stacks across the DevSkiller platform.

Java (27.15%) is the most popular technology on the DevSkiller platform.

Java will be the most popular technology in 2024. With 27.15%, Java overtook JavaScript (19.17%), the most in-demand technology in last year’s report. SQL finished 3rd with 8.59% of all assessments, as it did last year.

The 4th and 5th positions are Python (8.01%) and NET/C# (6.92%). While Python maintained its ranking, PHP didn’t make the top 5 technology list this year, conceding to .NET/C#.

Most popular technology on DevSkiller platform

The technological trend shift highlights Java’s rising dominance and the industry’s dynamic nature of tech preferences. It also reflects the evolving landscape of programming languages, underscoring the industry’s continuous adaptation to changing technological demands and innovations.

Section 2: Tech Candidate Behavioral Insights

The Tech Candidate Behavioral Insights section will help you understand candidate preferences and performance patterns, providing valuable data for optimizing the assessment process and enhancing the overall effectiveness of your talent acquisition strategy.

In the full report, we analyze factors such as assessment completion rate, average time taken to complete assessment, and the most preferred day of the week for test-taking.

It takes candidates 2 days and 3 hours to submit a DevSkiller skills assessment.

This year has seen a reduction in the wait time for completing assessments. In 2022, the average completion time was 2 days and 3 hours, which has decreased in 2023 to just 1 day and 19 hours. This data further indicates that candidates are increasingly keen to engage in the hiring process, likely influenced by the current job market dynamics.

Section 3: Skills Management Insights

The Skills Management Insights Section, we aim to shed light on skills development trends, providing valuable guidance for organizations and individuals in navigating the evolving digital skill landscape. These insights are essential for strategic planning and future skills management.

In the full report, we explore the average number of skills required at various seniority levels, the most popular soft and hard skills, and the most acquired skill on DevSkiller.

Jira is the most popular overall skill in 2024.

In the 2024 skill landscape, ‘Jira’ is the leading skill on the DevSkiller platform, used by 15.31% of all employees. This is followed by ‘Problem Solving’ at 12.53%, reinforcing its significant place in professional competencies. ‘Git’ also holds a notable position, with 8.00%, indicative of its essential role in modern software development. ‘Confluence’ and ‘Effective Communication’ also feature prominently, at 7.27% and 7.20% respectively.

Most popular soft skill on DevSkiller platform

These statistics highlight the diverse skill set required in today’s workplace and emphasize the balanced importance of technical proficiency and communication abilities in a collaborative, tech-driven environment.

Section 4: Developer Seniority Insights

The Developer Seniority Insights section, offers a clearer understanding of global developer capabilities and testing trends by seniority, aiding in the refinement of your assessment process.

In the full report, we shed light on the performance of varying seniorities in assessments, the skills most frequently tested per level, and a country-by-country analysis of best-performing developers based on their seniority level.

Mid-level developers from the Philippines (95%) scored highest in the past year.

Mid-level developers from the Philippines achieved the highest scores on DevSkiller assessments, attaining an impressive 95%. Following closely behind are Spain (93%), South Africa (92%), Greece (85%), and Uruguay (83%), securing the top five positions for the highest-scoring middle developers.

Highest scoring developer by country

The competition was fierce last year as the number 10 spot, Argentina (80%), was only 3 percent lower than Uruguay.

Section 5: Customer insights

The Customer Insights section, provides invaluable insights and effective strategies for integrating our skills assessment and management solutions into your organizational workflows.

In the full report, we provide a thorough analysis of our client data, covering a range of key metrics from the average count of assessment invitations sent to the highest number of candidates evaluated, along with the favored task types utilized on our platform. Additionally, we delve into our customers’ hiring patterns, focusing on their preferences for either international or local tech talent recruitment.

DevSkiller customers sent 503 skills assessments on average over the past year.

Over the past year, our customers experienced a significant uptick in engagement, with an average of 503 skills assessments sent out per customer.

Average number of skills assessment invitations by customer

This figure marks a new high, representing a 6.32% increase from the prior year, where the average stood at 473 assessments. Notably, this upward trend has been consistent for six consecutive years, beginning with an average of 115 assessments per customer in 2018, signaling sustained growth in the utilization of our assessment tools.

Outlook, predictions, and recommendations for 2024

Download the DevSkiller Report 2024: Skills Management and Assessment Insights to gain comprehensive insights into the evolving HR landscape 2024. This report is an essential resource, offering detailed outlooks, predictions, and practical recommendations for navigating the challenges and opportunities for an exciting year ahead.