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Remote jobs for developers may already be on the decline. It’s a big gamble for employers

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Employers have been warned against reducing the number of developer positions they offer as remote jobs, as data suggests less than one in five developer jobs now offer remote work as an option .

A study by developer recruitment platforms CoderPad and CodinGame found that 19% of 82,222 developer jobs advertised in the UK in May offered the option of working remotely, compared to 23% of job vacancies there. 12 months.

Surprisingly, London had the lowest percentage of remote roles at 17%, despite having the highest number of developer jobs of any city in the UK (39,633).

Aude Barral, co-founder and CCO of CodinGame, said the results were surprising given the “exceptionally high demand” for tech workers and the equally high demand for remote work among developers.

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A survey conducted by CodinGame and CoderPad in March 2022 revealed that 70% of developers would like to work remotely if given the chance. A January report from developer recruiting platform Terminal found similar findings, with 75% of software engineers surveyed saying they want to work remotely at least three days a week.

“We would have expected to see a higher proportion of technical roles offering remote work, compared to 12 months ago,” Barral said.

“Companies face intense competition when it comes to attracting top tech talent, and the offer of remote work not only resonates with candidates, but also allows companies to tap into a talent pool. wider.”

One explanation for the apparent slowdown in remote work roles is that companies are pushing employees back to the office.

With the pandemic receding, some companies have expressed a desire to see workers back at their desks, including Apple and, more recently, Tesla and Space-X CEO Elon Musk.

Google had also asked employees to return to the office where they could, although CNET reports that the software company relaxed its mandate after some workers threatened to strike.

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Google told staff in August 2021 that those who wanted to could continue to work full-time remotely, but would face salary adjustments depending on where they live.

Another explanation is that companies are starting to slow their hiring activity after a period of frantic recruiting efforts in 2021. Now that organizations are seeing a return to the status quo, employers can limit their hiring budgets.

Barral said remote working remained a powerful tool for recruiters, particularly for smaller businesses and companies located outside major UK tech hubs such as London, Manchester and Bristol, who “may struggle to hire in a limited pool of tech talent on their doorstep.”

Barral added, “Offering remote work opens up opportunities for recruiting globally and building a technical team based out of the office.”

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