Stack Overflow: 74% of developers are open to new jobs

Stack Overflow: 74% of developers are open to new jobs
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Research from Stack Overflow suggests that almost three-quarters (74%) of developers are open to new jobs.

The so-called “Great Resignation” is an ongoing post-covid economic trend where employees have voluntarily resigned over wage stagnation, poor treatment, inflexible remote working policies, lack of benefits, and general job dissatisfaction.

Developers haven’t been spared from mistreatment by employers, and it seems that many are keeping their minds open to new opportunities as we barrel towards the new year.

A better salary (54%) is the primary motivator for developers wanting to find a new job. That’s not particularly surprising, especially during a cost-of-living crisis.

Other important reasons why developers want to find a new job include growth opportunities (~38%), wanting to work with new technologies (~35%), and a better work/life balance (23%).

Young developers in the 20-24 (27%) age bracket are most likely to be actively looking for new roles. This is followed by 21 percent for 25-34 year-olds, 17 percent for 35-44 year-olds, and 12 percent for 45-54 year-olds.

The youngsters are finding success in their job searches; with 27 percent obtaining as many roles as the average person in the 25-34 age bracket (three or four jobs). However, the job-hopping suggests that employers need to do more to retain young talent.

Stack Overflow looked at the factors that convince developers to stay in their current roles. Flexibility (58%) came out on top, closely followed by salary (54%) and learning opportunities (54%).

As for reasons that make a specific company more appealing to work for – now or in the future – the developer experience (42%) came out on top, followed by the product or solution the company is selling (35%), and learning from individuals outside of their team (34%).

You can find the full results of Stack Overflow’s job insights study here.

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