How the Pandemic Has Impacted Job Prospects for Software Developers

How the Pandemic Has Impacted Job Prospects for Software Developers

As we’ve noted before, tech talent management was already undergoing major changes when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

During major upheavals like a pandemic or economic downturn, software developers tend to feel a little more secure in their jobs than many others, but the particular conditions that emerged in 2020 have created new challenges in dev talent management.

Here is an overview of what it means to recruit and retain top software developers right now, and how those strategies can align with an organization’s overall strategy.

Developers Are Working ‘as Hard as Ever’ Right Now

In the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, work slowed to a halt for many people. Not for software developers.

James Kobielus, Research Director and Lead Analyst at Futurum Research, writes that while product launches may have been put on hold, production continues: “Many software vendors I’ve spoken to during the past few months say that their locked-down coders are working as hard as ever. If anything, this current crisis may be the tipping point in the advent of a new normal for software development practices.”

That new normal includes a wider embrace of remote-work arrangements for developers, who increasingly expect such flexibility in their employment.

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