Demand For Agile Skills Outstripping Supply
- 2010 - 3,283 jobs.
- 2011 - 5,767 jobs.
- 2012 - 6,441 jobs.
- Advertised agile jobs outnumbered candidates 4.59 to 1.
- Some of the top job posters for agile over the last two years were: Microsoft, Fidelity, Amazon.com, Hewlett Packard, and IBM.
- The top three job titles requiring agile skills: java developer, software engineer and project manager.
- Agile job postings = 558,198.
- Active agile candidates = 121,876.
- The demand is not evenly spread. It is highest in Washington, California, Oregon, Minnesota, New York and Massachusettes.
Some conclusions reached by these studies:
- Contractors and consultants are in the best position to meet the skills shortage as companies increasingly turn outward to acquire the knowledge they lack internally.
- Because the agile experienced talent pool is low relative to the demand, there is a high likelihood of recruiters getting a low quality agile candidate.
- Adoption of agile methodologies has accelerted in the last half decade, but the training for front line developers has not kept pace.
Where did they get these number from?
Two of the five top companies posting agile positions - HP and IBM - are companies that many people don't want to work for due to their culture and ongoing problems. If IBM and HP are having problems hiring people it probably isn't due to a lack of candidates.