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Week in Review: Your tech stack can make or break your scaling plan

13 November 2023 , by Josh Nel

In this week’s roundup from OfferZen, we deep dive into our data to see how your team stack impacts your ability to scale your team, look at what you need to include in Python developer job descriptions, and what FinTech developers earn in South Africa.

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Exclusive Dev Nation sneak peek: Your tech stack can make your offer more attractive — and shrink your talent pool at the same time

Your tech stack is the foundation of how you use technology to solve business problems, create value for your customers, and, ultimately, generate revenue. Choosing your particular stack is no easy task. You need to consider the cost of each component, the support on offer, and the advantages and limitations of one tool over another.

But, your tech stack can’t deliver value without a strong tech team. This made us ask: Does an in-demand tech stack automatically set you up to win at attracting and finding talent? Using incoming data from our ongoing State of the Developer Nation survey, let’s look at two ways your tech stack affects your ability to scale your team. Firstly, your tech stack is one of the most important factors developers consider when evaluating an offer after remote work and growth opportunities:

Factors developers look at when evaluating a role

The same data also shows that the opportunity to work with new languages and frameworks is a key way developers assess if they can grow at a company:

Developers' top factors for career growth

So, your tech stack affects how developers assess your offer and if they see sufficient growth opportunities. That means a cutting-edge stack can make your offer more attractive to developers and make scaling your team easier. Sounds like a win right? Well, it depends on how easy it is to find developers with experience working with those tools.

For example, Go was one of South Africa’s most-wanted programming languages in 2023 despite only 1 in 20 developers working with it regularly. Having Go in your tech stack would certainly make your offer stand out, but it would also mean having a smaller pool of developers to hire from.

With that in mind, let’s look at the most widely used languages and frameworks to give you an idea of how broad the pool of potential team members is:

Developers' most used languages

Tech stacks built with JavaScript will have the largest pool of developers to hire from, followed by C# and TypeScript. Developer favourite for 2023, Python takes fourth spot, with Java closing out the top five. We can also see the pool of developers with these skills reflected in the most used frameworks:

Developers' most used frameworks

Microsoft-backed C# framework ASP.Net is the most widely used framework in South Africa, followed by JavaScript frameworks React and Node.js. Angular takes fourth and Java framework, Spring Boot is the fifth most used in the country.

A cutting-edge stack can make your company more appealing to developers and make scaling your team easier as a result. At the same time, it’s worth keeping in mind that the tools you use can expand or limit the pool of developers available to hire.

OfferZen vs Job Boards: Which is right for you?

Looking for the best way to get developers interested in your opportunity? Chances are you’re already considering various ways to get the word out about your open roles.

To help you determine the best option for your set-up, we compare two methods available to help spread awareness of your role and find developers: job boards and a talent marketplace like OfferZen.

In the article, we look at:

  • The developer talent you’ll find on each
  • The unique features on offer
  • How much each costs per hire
  • The types of support on offer

Tips for crafting a Python developer job description

When scaling your team, finding the right Python developer can be a challenge. A poor hiring decision can lead to setbacks, low-quality code, and wasted time.

To ensure the right developers are applying for your role, we‘ve put together an article that unpacks what you need to include in a Python developer job description, including:

  • What a Python developer job description should include
  • Core skills for Python developers
  • Common Python developer roles and responsibilities

[Button: “Read the article” : https://www.offerzen.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-hiring-java-developers-on-offerzen]

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Here’s what it costs to hire a FinTech developer in South Africa

Average FinTech Developer Salaries by Experience

Average Salary by Years Experience with 25th and 75th percentiles

Want to know what FinTech developers earn in South Africa? We gathered data from 1120 developers to better understand what developers can expect to earn over the course of their careers.

The State of South Africa’s Developer Marketplace

If you’re facing the classic CTO’s dilemma of trying to hire the right team members while still investing precious time in building your product, then our next event is right up your alley.

On the 15th of November, OfferZen’s VP of Marketplace, Jason Lu, will share an overview of OfferZen’s South African developer marketplace to equip you with practical insights to inform your hiring decisions and strategies.

The session will look at:

  • The volume of developers across different skills and roles
  • Experience level of developers in the marketplace
  • Location preferences among developers
  • Average developer salaries across different roles
  • Developer workplace policy preferences

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