A Global Analysis of Modern IT Skills Recruitment

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A Global Analysis of Modern IT Skills Recruitment | Now more than ever, companies are setting their sights abroad when looking for technical talent.

This is particularly true in countries such as the United States where there’s a major shortage of skilled workers. It’s also beneficial for organizations to consider international hires for various reasons, including affordability and diversity.

In addition, the availability of technologies that facilitate remote operations has rapidly increased over the past year due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent social distancing measures.

These trends form part of the latest DevSkiller IT skills report for 2021, where global recruitment practices are assessed in detail to provide numerous insights on current demand and hiring trends. A total of 304,645 coding tests were distributed around the world by organizations in 62 countries to obtain this year’s data.

Let’s explore the following observations to see how technical skills recruitment can be improved. Be sure to read the full report from DevSkiller to discover more insights into the software development landscape.

  •       Companies are hiring more foreign developers
  •       The US continues to drive international IT recruitment
  •       Brazil leads the labor market for overseas hiring
  •       Australian developers achieve top scores on coding tests
  •       Qatar has the highest-scoring candidates
  •       Indonesian companies are the most selective

Hiring foreign developers

It’s markedly clear that COVID-19 caused significant transformations to almost every aspect of business operations. For instance, hiring preferences have rapidly shifted to accommodate for telecommuting and working from home. With the associated technologies capable and readily accessible, international recruitment has risen substantially.

DevSkiller notes in their report that Australia, Canada, Chile, and Indonesia saw some of the biggest increases in their foreign hiring percentage. 

Leading international IT recruitment

Despite its relatively low international hiring percentage, the US continues to lead the charge with foreign technical recruitment for the third year running. The country accounted for just over a quarter of all overseas candidates tested on the DevSkiller platform. Austria was another major player ranking ahead of the UK in second place.

Standing next to the podium are Canada and Poland in fourth and fifth position respectively. Here’s how the percentage of overseas hires were distributed among the regions:

  •       USA – 25.28%
  •       Austria – 12.13%
  •       United Kingdom – 11.05%
  •       Canada – 7.42%
  •       Poland – 4.24%

Labor markets around the world

Another area where the US ranks can be observed in the size of its labor market. It may lead the pack in foreign recruitment, but the American labor market has slipped once again to 5th place worldwide. This reinforces the drop that occurred last year when the US went from second to fourth.

However, as DevSkiller points out, this isn’t necessarily bad news. The rise of other markets reflects the growth of quality talent in their respective countries. Brazil has once again excelled and scored the top position, while the presence of IT professionals from Canada and Russia is increasing, too.

DevSkiller also notes that Brazil and Canada occupy the top two countries from which the US obtains foreign talent. An additional trend that’s expected to prevail in the coming years is the rise in IT skill allocation to countries focused on outsourcing, which needless to say is more popular than ever.

High-scoring developers

Where can you find the best software developers? Given that they earned the highest scores in DevSkiller’s coding tests, it stands to reason that Australia is your best bet. Joining them on the podium are the USA and Sweden, while Portugal and Poland round out the top five achievers.

Honorable mentions should be given to Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Serbia, and the UK, which all placed among the top 10 highest scores in the world.  Here’s how they weigh up on the leaderboard.

Companies in Qatar

When it comes to coding tests that are sent to developers by recruiters themselves, the results are vastly different from the results in DevSkiller’s assessments. This is mainly due to how companies test their applicants. High scores are generally associated with appropriate difficulty levels that consider the skills and experience required for the position.

Companies from Qatar are particularly adept in this regard, having earned the highest score of 72.27% on local coding tests. Not too far behind is Croatia with 67.30% and Denmark with 66.38%, followed by Kuwait at 64.57% and Nigeria at 63.05% to complete the top five.

Selective Hiring Procedures

We can paint a picture that contrasts the above-mentioned findings by analyzing the countries with the most selective hiring procedures for recruiting developers. This year’s report highlights that companies remain strict with who they hire due in part to the sharp increase in the size of candidate pools.

Before we discuss the reason for this trend, let’s see where candidates are least likely to be taken for consideration. The following list contains the 5 countries and the percentage of applicants accepted by the recruiter:

  •       Indonesia – 12.11%
  •       Malaysia – 17.14%
  •       Israel – 18.75%
  •       Kuwait – 19.51%
  •       Singapore – 20.69%

So, what allows companies to be more stringent in their selection processes? After all, there is a major talent shortage in many parts of the world. There is an opposing force here, which is unsurprisingly the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only did 2020 see significant job losses, but it also saw growth in the availability of foreign developers to companies.

For organizations that source their developers in certain countries, they can be more selective as the software development job market is more competitive.

What can we learn from these findings? Perhaps the main takeaway is that international IT skills recruitment appears to be the way forward for most companies. If you’re looking to hire developers in the near future, be sure to consider your options beyond the border.