IT departments are losing their best developers left, right and center

IT departments are failing to retain their best developers and are struggling to attract new talent, the latest MuleSoft report suggests.

The integration software company surveyed 600 CIOs and IT decision makers and found that “the big quit” made it difficult to recruit qualified developers for 93% of companies. Meanwhile, 86% said it has become much more difficult to recruit new developers over the past two years.

The Great Quit, also called in some places the Great Departure, is an ongoing trend in which workers quit their jobs in droves and seek employment elsewhere. The trend was triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Demand exceeds supply

While some developers leave for financial reasons, many others are looking for jobs that are less harmful to their mental and physical health and offer greater flexibility when it comes to remote and hybrid working.

Over the past two years, developers have had to endure increasing workloads and the stress of digital transformation. Moreover, they were forced to learn new skills and adapt to new technologies and approaches.

This turned out to be quite a challenge, as 76% of organizations said the cognitive load required to learn their software architecture is so high that developers end up frustrated and unproductive.

To gain the edge and ensure they attract the right talent, companies need to embrace automation, the report concludes. The majority (70%) already plan for AI, but struggle to manage integrations across multiple cloud platforms, struggle with limited software development automation, data silos, governance and security, and limited access to light tools.

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“The demand for digital solutions already exceeded the supply from software developers before the pandemic, but now it has exploded. The churn caused by the ‘big quit’ is widening this gap even further,” said Matt McLarty, Global Field CTO & VP of the Digital Transformation Office, MuleSoft.

“For organizations to truly digitally transform, they need to do two things: first, give developers user-friendly tools that maximize their productivity, and second, give the rest of the organization’s knowledge workers tools that allow them to Engage in building digital solutions, not just requirements documentation.

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