Facilitating the Spread of Knowledge and Innovation in Professional Software Development

Write for InfoQ


Choose your language

InfoQ Homepage News Agile Developers Needed

Agile Developers Needed

This item in japanese


 A study conducted by Yoh indicates that US companies advertised a total of 558,918 agile jobs from 2010 to 2012. During the same time period, there were merely 121,876 active candidates, just 17 candidates for every 100 jobs. Of the available job seekers, more than 50 percent have 10 years of experience or more, while less than two percent have one to two years of experience.

Summarising the study results Don Kim wrote on :

The agile gap exists across the U.S., varying only in its degree of severity: 
  • Demand outstrips supply by nearly 4x
  • Companies have to pay a premium for Agile expertise
  • The agile talent gap is most significant in the Pacific Northwest
  • Labor pressure for agile talent goes from bad to worse
  • Competition for agile talent is fierce

The top 10 roles in demand over the period of the study are:

  1. Java Developer
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Project Manager
  4. .Net Developer
  5. Senior Software Engineer
  6. Software Developer
  7. Business Analyst
  8. Web Developer
  9. Senior Java Developer
  10. QA Engineer

Yoh prepared an infographic which shows the highlights of the results.  The infographic and the full study results can be downloaded from the Yoh website.


Rate this Article


Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Community comments

  • I wish

    by Markus W.,

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    I wish those companies who advertise themselves as being agile would actually act accordingly.
    Granted that there are true agile shops, in my experience the standard case is that those who pretend to do agile just do a "Scrum for the Project Manager" and that's it.
    So the open question is, do the "open positions" from that study include all or just truly agile companies?
    I know there is a side topic in my question, "what's true agile?", but that's not the point here. I just feel like agile has become a buzzword in every job description. Also, I get shivers when I see "Business Analyst" in the list.

  • Oh, please ...

    by Dean Schulze,

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    If demand outstrips supply by 4 times then salaries for "agile developers" would be going through the roof, but they're not.

    There are so many things wrong with this "study" (as described in this article) that it's hard to know where to start.

    Simply counting job postings without verifying that a real opening exists is one problem. How many of these postings are duplicates? Also, many job postings are for phantom jobs -- jobs where the hiring manager has already identified who he or she wants to hire but the position still must be posted.

    How did they count available candidates? It doesn't say. And what makes someone a candidate for an agile position instead of a non-agile position.

  • Re: Oh, please ...

    by Konstantin Ignatyev,

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    Why would salary go up if productivity of typical new hire is 1/8th or less than productivity of a seasoned developer?

  • Weird

    by Gonzalo Herreros,

    Your message is awaiting moderation. Thank you for participating in the discussion.

    I think what they mean is that demand for IT engineers outstrips supply. The Agile part has become just a buzzword.
    When you hire somebody you look for skills and experience, the agile part is a nice have since anybody can learn that in no time when joining to a team.

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p