Surge in interest in junior tech roles among grads, says Indeed, but firms need to be better at finding the hidden gems among applicants.
Recruitment platform Indeed has made Dublin the second location in Europe (after London) for its Indeed Prime tech platform.
Indeed Prime provides employers with top talent based on coding skills, education and work experience. The product is specifically designed to address the growing need for technical talent in a variety of industries.
‘Full-stack developer postings are up [by a factor of 8], compared to what they were in 2015’
– RAJ MUKHERJEE
The platform hosts online coding competitions to help discover hidden talent. The top performers are highlighted to employers, showcasing candidates who have proven technical capability.
Speaking with Siliconrepublic.com, Raj Mukherjee, SVP of product at Indeed, said that Prime is a response to the frustration felt by top-tier tech talent at the way they are being pursued by recruiters.
“The top 10 tech résumés get at least one contact a day. Talent is finding this very annoying and are not responding. We changed the equation and allow top tech talent to join voluntarily and have their skills validated by the system.”
Full-stack developer is the fastest-growing tech role in Ireland
Mukherjee continued: “Our data shows that Dublin is a very important place for tech and there is an acute shortage of software development talent.”
He added that full-stack development was the fastest-growing tech role in Ireland. “Full-stack developer postings are up [by a factor of 8], compared to what they were in 2015. The hardest roles to fill are in software development, Java development, front-end development. Most of these roles are still open after 60 days.”
Mukherjee said that the coding competitions are actually helping to reveal hidden gems, proving that the best tech talent doesn’t always come from the best engineering schools.
“Normally, employers wouldn’t look at them at first, but what they find out in time is that these people end up being the most successful people. Essentially, our mechanisms are enabling firms to hire top-tier tech talent that they are not normally able to reach.”
As such, Mukherjee said that the market needs to be smarter about how it identifies tech talent.
“Too often, employers go fishing in the same limited pool of people that graduate from specific universities. This can leave behind some high-quality talent that learned their skills elsewhere. With Indeed Prime, we are able to help employers find previously undiscovered tech talent.”
Mukherjee also revealed that 46pc of tech roles posted by employers in Ireland are developer roles.
Indeed found that the hardest roles to fill in tech are also the highest paid. As such, the average salary of the top 10 hard-to-fill roles is 12pc higher than the rest of the listed technology roles, with senior Java developer (€79,000), front-end developer (€68,000) and .Net developer (€66,000) being the best compensated roles in the sector in Ireland right now.