What are today’s developers looking for in a job?

Written by Hassan Lenga-Kroma | Blog | Candidates | Clients | IT Recruitment | Digital Technology | Posted 18/09/2017 12:38:46

One of the most sought after business hires is a great developer, or multiple great developers. So in a marketplace where competition is high, what can you do to make your business an enticing place to work?

Thinking outside of the box

Learning, creating and innovating is a huge part of a developer’s daily work and something that isn’t to be overlooked. Many of our clients have built their job packages based on the understanding that 64% of developers rate variety and the opportunity to build new things as one of the most important elements of their role. A number of them have approached this by offering ‘creative Fridays’ for instance, a day of the week set aside purely for developers to learn new tech and share ideas. If not an entire day, then you could offer hack days, brown bag sessions or flexible innovation time,access to learning tools like Pluralsight or encouragement to write technical blogs .

Getting the balance right

Flexible working and work/life balance are two of the most important elements of the working environment according to reports. In fact, the more experienced the individual the higher they rate this. 50.8% of those with more than 20 years experience considered work/life balance to be ‘highly important’ to work satisfaction and 25% say working from home is the most important thing. We are seeing real variety in terms of this with some employers offering complete flexible working as long as the team delivers and others trying to balance flexible working with daily stand ups and collaboration.

Company Culture

41% of developers say company culture and working environment are very important, and 36% need to believe in the company mission. We are seeing a huge emphasis being placed on creating a working environment that supports innovation with emphasis placed on relaxing corporate dress codes, providing developers with the best machines and creating dedicated areas for stand ups. This is as well as providing a genuine social environment; great coffee, table tennis, classic video games and dedicated hang out areas are all becoming normal features of competitive offices so the team can switch off and spend time together.


There is no getting away from it, the number one priority when looking for a new job is still salary with 62% of Developers saying this is of most importance when weighing up a new opportunity. The survey suggests an average salary of £45,000 - £50,000 for a full stack developer. We are seeing a sharp rise in salaries in the South West with £25-30k now the norm for a graduate and Senior Developers regularly commanding £55k+.

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