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Agile Developers Needed, Demand Outpaces Supply: Study

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Credit: eWeek

The number of advertised agile software development jobs outnumbers active candidates by 4.59 to one, according to a recent Yoh Services study. The skills gap has made it difficult for companies to quickly source talent on demand, and puts them at risk of hiring technical professionals that have poor agile methodology skills.

The Yoh study found that from a total of 558,918 agile jobs advertised from 2010 to 2012, more than 50 percent require at least 10 years of experience, while less than two percent require less than two years of experience. The study also found that during that same time period, there were 121,876 active candidates, which means there were 17 candidates for every 100 job openings. In addition, although agile development methodologies have become more popular in the last five years, training for frontline development positions has not kept pace.

"These discrepancies can hurt the hiring companies in the form of increased costs, salaries, and turnover," says Yoh's Don Hanson. Yoh's Bob Schatz says agile developers have a lot of leverage, which forces employers to "clarify the extent of their agile programs, whether they're established, new, or still just an idea."

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