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Tech Career Insights: OfferZen’s Week in Review: 14 August
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OfferZen’s Week in Review: 14 August

13 August 2023, by Josh Nel

In this week’s roundup from OfferZen, we’ll look at why developers leave a role, 8 strategies for retaining them, how talent marketplaces differ from other developer hiring methods, and job search insights from OfferZen’s AMA with PyLadies Berlin.


Poor salaries, management and work-life balance: Three reasons developers leave a role

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1 in 3 European developers are looking to change jobs this year. Their main reasons for leaving? Better compensation, or because of poor management and work-life balance. Companies that don’t ensure their team members see clear avenues for progression, both financially and skills-wise, will face an uphill battle to retain their team members.

However, in the new macroeconomic climate, developers need to benchmark their compensation to realistic standards. One of the effects of the changing job market is on job package expectations. During the tech boom in 2021, salaries and job packages skyrocketed. In 2022, this trend started equalising again and is now finding its way back to pre-pandemic levels.

8 proven strategies to promote employee wellbeing and retain developer talent

Poor management and a poor work-life balance remain two of the top three reasons developers leave a role in both South Africa and Europe. That means retaining your best team members requires creating a work environment that promotes wellbeing. This, in turn, helps to improve productivity and happiness. We’ve put together a list of articles that give guidance on how companies can best support their developer teams, ultimately boosting morale, productivity, and overall retention.

5 Developer hiring methods compared to talent marketplaces

There are multiple hiring methods you could leverage to find skilled developers, such as talent marketplaces, job boards or recruitment agencies, to name a few. If you’re considering using a talent marketplace, you might be wondering how it compares to other hiring methods. Here’s a detailed breakdown of each to help you find the right choice for your company.

Khaya Mkhwanaz shares her job search advice with PyLadies Berlin

If you’re looking to make your next career move in Berlin but not sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered. From the 17th to the 21st of July, Khaya Mkhwanaz hosted a Slack AMA in collaboration with PyLadies Berlin, where she answered questions about the Berlin job market and getting a first role in tech. Here are the top questions from the AMA to help you make your next move with confidence.

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