In a year when Covid-19 swept the globe, 2020 saw tech telecommuting became the norm and demand for DevOps experts skyrocket as the world switched to remote working, the latest annual report on the developer profession published this week by CodinGame, reveals.
The developer recruitment platform interviewed more than 15,000 developers and HR professionals from around the world for its 4th annual developer report.
While most companies allowed staff to work remotely some of the time, almost half (48%) of those surveyed said their developers worked away from the office full-time in 2020, compared to just 4% of those companies surveyed during 2019.
However, figures suggest any trend towards tech telecommuting may be short-lived, once the virus has been beaten, as less than a quarter (23%) of developers questioned said they would prefer to work remotely full-time.
The switch to remote working also saw a sudden rise in demand for DevOps experts, as businesses have experienced increased needs in managing their cloud infrastructures or migrating their operations to the cloud during the pandemic.
This trend is likely to continue in 2021 putting pressure on tech recruiters. More than four-out-of-ten (43%) HR professionals surveyed admitted they will struggle to find qualified DevOps for their tech teams this year. DevOps has jumped ahead of Back-End and Full-Stack developers as the hardest positions to fill.
When it came to hiring, tech recruiters turned to virtual interviews during the pandemic. More than half (5