DICE reports 40% of the tech workforce is going to be interviewing in 2017

The DICE Tech Salary Survey was released late in March. I've been behind on my reading, so it wasn't until recently that I got a chance to dig into it. One of the most surprising data points in it was: "Overall technology salaries in the U.S. were essentially flat year-over-year (-1%), at $92,081 annually from $93,328^ in 2015, with some areas across the country and specific skills areas seeing increases." Downward pressure on tech wages? … [Read more...]

DevOps–the New Hotness, but Is It Here to Stay?

The term DevOps is moving into our vocabularies in much the same way the word cloud did—creeping in slowly and quietly until suddenly it surrounds you. So what is DevOps, really? Unlike a new programming language or a new framework, DevOps is as much a concept as it is a thing. There is consensus that the word DevOps is coined from development and operations. But what does that really mean? Consider this: in most organizations, the … [Read more...]

4 Areas That Attract and Retain Great Software Development Talent (from a Developer’s Perspective)

Go to any technical user group meeting and you are likely to find many announcements of jobs—but few developers who are looking for work. Something has definitely shifted in the supply and demand equation, and it's developers who are in the driver's seat now. They are able to change jobs more easily than at any time since before the last recession, and they frequently field multiple offers while doing so. So what can you as an employer … [Read more...]

CodeMash v2.0.1.6 Wrap-up

The Stout recruiting team and technical leadership recently returned from their annual pilgrimage to CodeMash, one of the world’s premier educational conferences for software developers. Held every January at the Kalahari Resort and Indoor Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio, CodeMash is a world-class event that’s designed to educate software professionals on emerging technologies, best practices and methodologies, in a unique environment. If you’re … [Read more...]

Understanding the Silicon Valley Resume

Stout recently hired a Silicon Valley software developer. A rock star developer featured in a documentary about one of the seminal moments in the history of the Internet, he found himself struggling to find employment in the Midwest. (Lucky for us.) The reason? His resume doesn't look at all like the conventional Midwestern software developer resume. It looks like the resume of a job hopper, i.e. someone who jumps from job to job. Common … [Read more...]