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Software Developers and Engineers Shortage in the US: The case for Global Talent

Is your company struggling to find qualified software engineers in the US? Learn about the current shortage, its causes, and how to overcome it by tapping into the global talent pool through remote hiring, with a focus on Latin America, in our latest blog post.

Azumo Research
April 11, 2023
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The software development industry is facing a significant shortage of qualified professionals in the United States. The rapid growth of technology companies, the increasing use of technology in all industries, and the need for digital transformation in traditional industries have led to a significant demand for software engineers and developers. However, the supply of qualified professionals is not keeping up with this demand, causing delays in projects, increased competition for top talent, and even an increase in salaries for software engineers. In this blog post, we will discuss the current situation of the software engineer shortage, the causes of the shortage, and how companies can overcome this shortage by tapping into the global talent pool through remote hiring.

The Current Situation of the Software Engineer Shortage in 2022

In 2022, the software engineering and development industry is facing a significant shortage of qualified professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for software developers is projected to grow by 21% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, the supply of qualified professionals is not keeping up with this demand. This shortage is causing delays in projects, increased competition for top talent, and even an increase in salaries for software engineers.

U.S. Software Developer Shortage Statistics in 2022

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently over 500,000 open software development jobs in the United States. This number is expected to grow in the coming years, with a projected need for over 1.4 million new software developers by 2029. This shortage is not limited to entry-level positions either, as there is a shortage of experienced developers as well.

What Is the Demand for Software Engineers and Developers in the U.S.?

The demand for software engineers and developers in the U.S. is driven by the rapid growth of technology companies, the increase in the use of technology in all industries, and the need for digital transformation in traditional industries. The demand for software developers is particularly high in the following industries: technology, healthcare, finance, and retail.

What Causes the Shortage of Software Engineers in the U.S.?

The shortage of software engineers in the U.S. is caused by a combination of factors, including a lack of computer science education in schools, a lack of diversity in the field, and a lack of incentives for young people to pursue careers in software development. Additionally, the shortage is exacerbated by the high turnover rate in the industry, as many software engineers are lured away by higher salaries and better benefits at competing companies.

Shift to Remote Work Has Disrupted Entry-Level Developer Pipeline

The shift to remote work has also disrupted the entry-level developer pipeline. The majority of entry-level developers gain their experience through internships and co-op programs. However, with the shift to remote work, internships and co-op programs have been cancelled or modified, reducing the pipeline of new developers.

Difficulty Finding Developers Also Reflects a Job Desirability Problem

The difficulty finding developers also reflects a job desirability problem. The software development industry is highly competitive, and many young people are not interested in pursuing careers in the field. Additionally, the lack of diversity in the field makes it less appealing to underrepresented groups.

Global Remote Hiring Is How You Overcome a Heated Hiring Market

One solution to the shortage of software engineers in the U.S. is to tap into the global talent pool by hiring remote developers. By hiring remote developers, companies can access a larger pool of qualified candidates and also reduce their competition for top talent in the U.S.

Why You Should First Consider Latin America for Remote Hiring Outside the U.S.

When considering remote hiring outside the U.S., companies should first consider Latin America. Latin American countries have a strong tradition of technical education and a large pool of qualified software developers. Additionally, the time zone overlap between Latin America and the U.S. makes it easy for remote teams to collaborate, and the cost of living is generally lower in Latin America, making it more cost-effective to hire remote developers from these countries.

In conclusion, the software development industry is facing a significant shortage of qualified professionals in the U.S. To overcome this shortage, companies should consider tapping into the global talent pool by hiring remote developers. By hiring remotely, companies can access a larger pool of qualified candidates and also reduce their competition for top talent in the U.S. Latin America, in particular, is a great region to consider for remote hiring due to its strong tradition of technical education and a large pool of qualified software developers, as well as the time zone overlap and cost-effectiveness. With the continued growth of technology and the increasing need for digital transformation in various industries, it is crucial for companies to find creative solutions to the software developer shortage in order to stay competitive in the marketplace.

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