Forget Fancy Chefs and Foosball — What Developers Really Want is Balance and Growth
The following piece was originally published in Hackernoon by Jawahar Malhotra, SVP of Engineering at HackerRank.
By 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be a 24 percent increase in the number of software development jobs available, making this one of the fastest growing occupations. In the US alone, there are nearly 500,000 open computing jobs. Companies are now worrying more about access to software developers than capital.
Given the high demand for developers, companies are offering benefits like free meals, rides home from work, in-house gyms, on-call doctors and laundry services in order to attract the best technical talent. But developers can also see that many of these perks, which are seemingly making their lives easier, are really just tactics to keep them at their desks longer.
In order to attract great software engineers, you have to listen to what they’re looking for, and truly understand them. HackerRank asked over 70,000 developers from more than 100 countries about what they really care about, what motivates them and what they want in a job. The findings offer unprecedented insight into the DNA of today’s software developers — let’s take a look.