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Why Are Talented Java Devs Hard to Find?

14/03/2018 by Nandip Aulak

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Java is a particularly attractive language for businesses, as it’s very robust and has therefore remained consistent despite changing trends and shifts in the programming world.

Java is recognised as one of the best programming language in its ability to scale, which makes it an attractive programming language for companies that are looking to expand internationally.

While there are many developers with a host of experience working with the most in-demand coding language, Java developer remains one of the most difficult jobs to fill.

Java is everywhere… and maybe that's the problem?

Coders love to code, even in their spare time. In the past, Java was often a budding developer's first step into the world of coding.

Today, Java is not always the first coding language they learn. Java remains popular for enterprise applications, thanks in part by its massive library serving as the cornerstone for so many applications. But that presence may be why many developers don't use the coding language for their personal projects.

Many talented software developers are active in one or more of the many communities dedicated to exploratory programming, and they may want to work with a different language in their free time.

Understanding what today's developer might be looking for can help businesses take stock of their own software programming direction.

Great Java devs are more than just coders

Whether it's project work or a permanent position, great developers don't just sit and code but are able to communicate and take on the client-facing side of the work, mentor, influence and upskill junior developers.

Strong communication skills, an understanding of the entire development ecosystem and expertise in the specific area, and the ability to take on team leadership and even client-facing responsibilities are all skills that take years to learn. The disciplines of great developers take a career to develop.

Hiring managers looking to hook in the top talent need to present opportunities that are intriguing and offer developers a chance to flex their creative muscles as well as their technical ones.

Martin Rennison, Head of Corporate Accounts here at Montash feels that high demand for Java developers means that top candidates can be selective in committing to a company, whether for a project or full-time employment.

"Most candidates have three to four opportunities on the go as a minimum, with the interview processes consisting of at least a call, a test and a face to face session.  This means the average candidate can be participating 12 interviews. So when a client asks a candidate to do a six-hour test, they are immediately put off due to the time constraints on their schedule.

"If companies want to attract the best talent, we would recommend shortening the test and trying to do that during the face to face session."

This way it feels like one less process which could beat the market to great talent. So, once you've found your ideal candidate, you need to woo them with a streamlined onboarding and interview process, as well as presenting them with the challenges they want.

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