Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the past twelve months have been pretty hectic across the globe thanks to COVID-19. We’ve made major changes to the way we live and to the way we work. This has been felt across the board, and software developer recruitment agencies are no exception. With that said…when people ask us what has changed about our industry, the truth is that we are not as impacted as other fields, and the reason for that is simple:
Software developer recruitment agencies were already changing – COVID-19 just sped up the process. Here are a few of the best examples of this.
The Rising Prevalence of Remote Work
It turns out that a lot of the work that people said couldn’t be done remotely…can in fact be done remotely. Across just about every industry, this has led to a massive restructuring of the way companies operate internally, but the tech world was undergoing this transition well before COVID. Software developer recruitment agencies like ours have been filling remote tech positions in Colorado and across the country for years. All the pandemic did was speed up the process.
More Emphasis on Contractors
An emphasis on contract employees goes hand in hand with a rise in remote work, so it should come as no surprise that software developer recruitment agencies began placing these roles at tech companies before the pandemic and have continued to do so in the months that followed. As more firms make permanent transitions to remote work, this trend will only continue to grow.
Prioritization of Niche Skillsets
When you’re paying for a remote employee on a contract basis, a lot of the soft transferable skills that used to be essential for culture fit and team cohesiveness become less important. You want software developers who are cooperative and flexible, but the primary factor when evaluating candidates is their unique skillset. Software developer recruitment agencies help companies balance this need by efficiently sourcing skilled specialists.
What’s next for software developer recruitment?
Fortunately, we appear much closer to the end of this pandemic than the beginning. There will probably be a decrease in remote work in the coming months as people celebrate this fact, but long-term, remote work and most of the changes associated with it are here to stay.