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6 things you need to know about hiring software developers

Paul Rubens | Aug. 17, 2016
A survey of 1,400 developers finds that most mobile developers have relatively little experience, no one really wants to learn Java, and programming for IoT is about as far as you can get from fun. But the right combination of pay and perks can tip the scales in your favor.

That's because the vast majority of mobile coders have relatively little experience. The survey found that almost 60 percent of mobile developers have worked on fewer than five apps that are now available on the App Store or Google Play, and 13 percent have never put an app on the market. Only 19 percent have delivered between 5 and 9 apps, and just 9 percent have worked on ten or more. (When it comes to wearables, almost two-thirds of developers surveyed haven’t yet built an app for those devices.)

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Nowak also says that demand for mobile developers is so high that anyone with prior experience will find work relatively quickly. That means the competition for experienced developers will be intense.

Finally, if you’re still wondering why you should pay attention to surveys like this, consider that assembly language has just entered the TIOBE Index Top 10. Its position there is probably due to an increase in demand for programmers who can code small devices connected to the internet of things (IoT). But as the lowest of the low-level languages, assembly is about as far as you can get from the "easy, fun" newer languages.

That means that if you're after assembly wizards you're probably going to need to offer a solid salary, plenty of perks, telecommuting and a generous conference budget. It probably wouldn't hurt to offer free lunches either.

 

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