With the relentless pace of enterprise digital transformation efforts, even in this softening economy, developers still face an enviable job market. The number of open job positions in computer occupations is greater than 804,000, according to National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis and, at 326,000 vacancies, software developers have by far the largest number of job openings available to them.
US Developers Are Less Confident About Job Prospects
Still, according to a new report from OutSystems, Developer Engagement Report: Are Your Developers Happy or Halfway Out The Door?, slightly more U.S. developers are seriously considering changing companies right now (33% U.S. versus 31% globally) and they feel less confident about their prospects. Only 25% of U.S. developers strongly agreed that there are many opportunities to easily get a better position right now, compared to 42% of global respondents.
Still, not many developers are thrilled with their current jobs. According to the survey, only 49% of U.S. developers love their jobs and only 37% are very satisfied with the work they do every day. Outside the U.S., developers are a bit more optimistic. Globally, 64% reported that they love their jobs and 46% said that they are very satisfied with their day-to-day work.
Interestingly, when it came to work-life balance, it was U.S. developers who felt more optimistic than their global counterparts. While 50% of all respondents strongly agreed that they need more work-life balance, only 38% of U.S. developers agreed on the same.
Finally, while 48% of developers said that they would definitely be with their current employer within a year, when that timeframe was extended to two years, that figure fell to 29%. And U.S. developers are itchier to move, with only 38% saying that they would definitely be with their current employer in a year and 18% said they would remain there in two years.
Most Low-Code Developers Also Traditional Coders
The report also examined so-called low-code developers. As a subset of the broader population of developers, 59% of low-code developers reported being very satisfied with both team productivity and 57% were satisfied with the quality of tools they use at work. Only 41% of traditional developers felt the same toward team productivity, and only 36% of traditional developers are very satisfied with the quality of the tools they use.
Interestingly, 71% of low-code developers reported that they can keep their workweek to the standard 40 hours, while only 44% of traditional developers said the same. While 63% of low-code developers said that they are happy with their salary and benefits, only 40% of traditional developers agreed. Further, low-code developers claimed an average of 3.5 job promotions at their current company while traditional developers said they’ve been promoted two times.