Working in recruitment, I’m constantly managing supply and demand. Competition for top talent in skill short markets is always tough, and employers are often faced with the decision of paying over the odds for the latest skills or settling for less. But of course, this doesn’t have to be the case.
I’ve curated the below overview of the market to help employers understand which skills are in demand right now. I’ve drawn on insight from Stack Overflow’s 2020 Developer survey, DevSkiller’s IT skills report 2021 and CodinGame’s Developer Survey 2021, to create this report. I’ve also highlighted some opportunities to get the latest skills without compromising – and of course, as a Full Stack Delivery Consultant, you can always reach out to me for support with hiring in the developer space!
What programming languages are the most popular for 2021?
What frameworks are the most popular for 2021?
Which technology do developers want to learn?
For the fifth year in a row, Rust was chosen as the most loved programming language by developers in Stack Overflow’s survey, with TypeScript leapfrogging Python to take second place.
Which tech stacks are the most challenging to hire for?
But frameworks are a different story, with a significant disjoin between available talent and demand. For example, the most sought-after framework tool React is in demand for 59% of organisations responding to the survey, but only 27.6% of programmers have this skill. This mismatch is true of the top five in-demand frameworks in CodeinGame’s survey (React, Node.js, Angular 2+, Spring and Vue.js).
The other side to the coin is highest paying skills. According to Stack Overflow, Perl, Scala and Go command the highest salaries, with a median of $75k (c. £54,600), followed by Rust and Ruby. Interestingly, Perl, Ruby and Objective C were amongst both the most dreaded and the highest paying technologies – suggesting that finding developers willing to work in these languages is tough.
What are some tips for attracting top talent?
Competition for developer talent is intense, and one of the best ways to stand out is to step into the shoes of your candidates. Stack Overflow’s survey included the priorities for job-hunting developers (if pay and location were equal) – including languages, frameworks and other technologies they would work with, office environment or company culture and schedule flexibility.
What’s interesting is the emphasis placed on flexibility and workplace culture. As we adapt to the new normal, there is a great opportunity here for clients to really consider how to embed flexibility and create a unique culture at a distance. With research suggesting that the future is remote, there is an opportunity here to become a magnet for top talent.
Beyond this, naturally, I am going to say that the number one top tip I have for attracting top talent is to hire a specialist recruiter. As I work in the developer space exclusively, I have the networks, the experience, and the insight to understand the market at a deeper level than a generalist.
At Lorien, we hire vertical experts that know their tech inside out to give our clients a distinct advantage in highly specialised and skill scarce markets. We can help you map your competitor activity, benchmark rates, and help you create a candidate experience that retains talent in even the most competitive markets.
Please reach out to me if you are currently recruiting in development and need support with finding top talent, or if you’re a candidate looking for your next move.