WeAreDevelopers-Study 2019

Developers are mostly happy with their jobs and want to have work-life balance on their own terms, with flexible and collaborative working environments where they have a lot of personal satisfaction, freedom and room to develop, according to the 2019 Developers survey. Contrary to their public image, they do not want to work endless hours, but aim to have a social life and take care of their health and hobbies.

The survey of 950 people comprised more than 40 nationalities, with half of respondents being under 30 years of age, and women making a stronger showing at over 20 percent.  The majority was already employed, with seven out of ten being fixed employees, with software development the top job description.


Here are some Key insights from the report:

  • Asked to rate their satisfaction with their current job, 3 out of 4 developers said it was high or very high, with less than 1 percent reporting extreme dissatisfaction.

  • Overall, salary (78%) was mentioned as the number one priority when choosing a job, followed by working hours amount and flexibility (69%) and working conditions on an emotional level, such as decision-making and conflict resolution (56%).

  • Salary was also the top reason (46%) cited for their last job change, with working conditions on an emotional level (37%) in terms of decision-making and dispute resolution coming in at second place.

  • 1 in 2 women said they had ‘encountered a situation of serious unpleasantness or conflict at work

  • Contrary to stereotypes of developers as unfit nerds living on junk food and computer games, the survey section on lifestyle habits revealed the sector to be health-conscious and keen on a varied lifestyle. 

  • Mobility emerged as an important characteristic of the sector’s talent, the analysts added, with 27 percent of respondents very enthusiastic about a job abroad, and roughly 53 percent willing to consider it under the right circumstances

  • Berlin, Vienna, New York, Barcelona and London were top choices for cities where Developers would consider relocating.


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