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What Do Tech Pros Want From Their Employers?

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We joined Landing.jobs for their event at Wework last week to find out exactly what tech professionals want from their employers in 2016. They surveyed their network of developers and the research highlighted three key areas; remote working, responsibility, and company size.

 

  • Remote working

 

48% of European nationals currently working in the U.K. say they would return to their home country is if meant they could work remotely for their U.K. based employer. Whilst there are some companies such as Buffer and WordPress who operate, very successfully and completely on a remote worker basis, opinion remains quite divided on whether it is a sustainable model. Going abroad for tech teams opens up access to affordable talent, an important factor when you consider that the average salary for a mid-level software developer in London is £54,000. However, remote working is still a challenge – a lot of time is spent on Skype or Google Hangouts, and a lot of money is also spent on flights and travel. It was noted that it is critical for companies to have everyone together – at least at some point – to get on the same page, particularly for early stage companies.

 

  • Challenge Over Money

 

For technologists, a challenging role is so often far more attractive that money. Landing.jobs found that on the whole, more responsibility, extra projects or managing a bigger team are more motivating than a salary increase. In today’s climate, candidates want to know about the company mission, they want to know they’ll be helping to solve some form of a problem. Yet there is definitely a correlation between salary expectations and size of company. Keep in mind that people join start-ups for the mission, but as a company grows, so should salaries.

 

  • Company Size Matters

 

Of the respondents 71% said they were most interested in working for SMEs whilst over half said they preferred start-ups to large corporates. Tech giants eBay and HP have already taken the decision to break up and downsize in an attempt to emulate a start-up culture and as a means to attract young tech employees. Small companies with small teams mean developers have more opportunities to see their work in action. If a developer ultimately wants to be responsible for a product’s development and implementation, then size definitely matters.

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