The war for tech talent is in full swing. That said, what does that mean for recruiters? Do candidates take the time to complete coding tests? Who scores the highest on coding assessments? And finally, which countries do most international hiring?
In this article, we look at global developer hiring trends we’ve learned from analyzing 112K+ coding tests.
We’ve recently released an original study based on real customer data called the Devskiller Global Technical Hiring & Skills Report 2019. Looking at our ever-growing data sample, we were able to identify key developer hiring trends. The good news is that because the report is based on customer data, it’s not a survey-type study.
In other words, we’ve never asked companies how they hired tech talent but instead looked at the data showing how they really do it.
Let’s dive right in!
Tuesday is the best day to send a coding test invitation
According to our data, on average developers submit a coding test solution after 2.88 days. However, not all days of the week are equal when it comes to the response time.
Developers like to keep their weekends free from recruitment-related activities such as taking coding tests. Test invites sent on Tuesdays usually have the fastest response, with those sent on Wednesdays typically taking the longest across our sample.
73% of candidates take a coding test sent to them
Many recruiters are afraid of candidates dropping out of their talent acquisition pipeline.
As a widely sought-after professional group, developers are known to openly criticize outdated interview practices like whiteboard interviews or pen-and-paper coding tests. Example?
The truth is, they are totally right to do so. It doesn’t make sense to assess technical skills through methods which don’t resemble their real work. Such practices hurt the technical hiring industry and give all tech recruiters bad rep.
Although a lot of the damage made cannot be undone, it seems that developers realize not all the coding assessments are equal. Those based on work samples come with high predictive validities and are more relevant to candidates. As a consequence, they’re less likely to spark outrage among developers.
Our data suggest that a full 73% of all candidates who receive a coding test invitation on our platform decide to take the test. Interestingly, over 90% of those who start solving a test decide to finish it. This suggests that when provided with tasks mirroring their work, developers are willing to spend some time on coding skills evaluation.
However, when it comes to the top 5 languages tested on the platform, Java is clearly the winner with 37% of all tests across the entire platform checking this particular skill.
The US, Poland, and the UK are the main international hiring drivers
When it comes to software developers, international recruitment is going strong. Companies worldwide outsource, relocate, or hire IT talent to do remote work (but not as a third party).
Kuwait and Singapore have small but vibrant economies and it makes sense that they do most international tech hiring (when you look at the percentage). However, when it comes to the percentage of total overseas candidates tested on our platform, the US, Poland, and the UK take the lead.
It is worth mentioning that despite the high proportion of candidates recruited internationally by companies from Kuwait, the highest volume of international hiring comes from larger countries like the US.
Other report findings
- New Zealand companies have the highest scoring candidates (54.66%)
- Companies from Singapore are the most selective
- Java is the #1 language developers are tested in (37%)
- Most developers tend to get a database skill check, no matter what their main focus is
- The majority of HR professionals and tech leads go beyond language skills and test skills across the whole stack the team works in
Hungry for more insights like these? Check out the report in full!
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