Developers shine with excellent coding skills: TimesJobs

Excellent coding skills rank way higher for the Indian tech recruiters when hiring developers, as compared to relevant experience, similar past projects or educational degrees, found a recent TimesJobs survey.
job in ITTimesJobs’ ‘Developer Hiring Survey 2021’ was conducted among 957 tech recruiters to understand their preferences while hiring developers.

The survey found that most (38 percent) recruiters would hire a developer with excellent coding skills, overlooking his educational achievements or experience. Over 28 percent respondents said that a developer’s (relevant) experience would be their sole criterion for hiring.

Next 21 percent said they considered relevant educational qualifications as the only bar when hiring a developer. Remaining 13 percent said that they would hire a developer basis his performance in interview and skill tests and no other factor would matter.

The respondents of ‘Developer Hiring Survey 2021’ belonged to startups (24 percent), SMBs(34 percent) and MNCs(42 percent). Here are the other takeaways:

Remote talent assessment caught pace in the COVID-19 lockdown when businesses – big and small – turned to AI-driven specialised platforms such as SpeedHire for bias-free, cheating proof, accurate assessment. Such platforms save on a recruiters’ time, effort and are location-agnostic, which is the need of the hour.

The TimesJobs survey asked tech recruiters about how they selected candidates for interviews, here’s what they said:

# 33 percent reviewed all the technologies that a developer has worked on to make an interview decision

# 28 percent preferred relevant work experience to call a developer for job interview

# 22 percent screened developers basis the proficiency of different programming languages

# 10 percent screened developers basis time spent coding projects

# 7 percent followed a mixed approach for screening candidates

The TimesJobs survey asked if women coders still faced bias from recruiters and firms, and most (82 percent) respondents said ‘yes’.  Of these, most respondents (57 percent) agreed that gender bias is the main reason that very few female software developers are eventually hired, whereas 43 percent disagreed with this statement.

The survey further asked about the job roles where women developers faced most gender bias, here are the responses:

# 32 percent said women technologists faced most bias in software development roles

# 31 percent voted for a strong bias in system administrator roles

# 21 percent claimed women techies faced most bias in product designer roles

# 16 percent stated most bias existed for software engineering roles

TimesJobs asked the tech recruiters about the roles for which they were hiring developers, their responses are:

# Most firms (40 percent) were presently hiring techies for product development roles

# 30 percent were hiring for tech support roles

# Infrastructure management roles ranked third, as voted by 17 percent respondents

# Business intelligence got the rest 13 percent votes

Upskilling and reskilling are a pertinent need in the IT sector where firms always prefer developers adept in emerging technologies. TimesJobs asked the hiring managers if they preferred developers who had learnt extra skills during the lockdown. The unanimous answer was ‘yes’, stated by 90 percent respondents. Only 10 percent said ‘no’, this was not necessary for them.

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