Java Developers Short Supply

Why do so many firms have difficulty hiring software developers? The answer, in part, can be explained by the numbers. As InfoWorld reported three years ago, there are only eight qualified developers for every ten openings. And although the numbers might be disputed, a frequently cited Microsoft report (from 2012) projected one million developer jobs would go unfilled by 2020. 

Many believe the shortage of Java developers is especially dire. ServerSide.com recently reported the anecdotal experience of Rob Terpilowski, a software architect for Lynden Inc., a freight and shipping company in Seattle, a developer hub. In the past, Terpilowski said, Java recruiters took two to three weeks to find a good developer; now Java recruitment takes two to three months.

Terpilowski’s experience matches the experience of NewConfig’s clients around the United States: IT recruitment is tough; and Java recruiters, especially, cannot find talented prospects.

Yet numbers alone do not tell the whole story.

“In a world that increasingly runs on code,” InfoWorld says, “developers are king — and companies will pay a king’s ransom to lure top talent.”

Cost deters many companies from hiring experienced developers. And many firms bypass younger developers because of a perceived lack of credentials. In the end, no one is hired—despite availability.

The upshot? Frustrated with in-house IT recruitment, many firms turn to recruitment firms, like NewConfig.

To learn more about our IT recruitment and Java headhunting services, call NewConfig today: 1-800-901-6526.