39% Indian techies learn to code before they turn 20: TechGig survey
Surveys indicate that, jobs in the computer science industry offer huge salary packages in today’s time. Coding competitions or hackathons have become a preferred medium for recruiters to hire top notch coding talent. Companies hiring technical talent are increasingly relying on hackathons to identify talent – an approach that gives them the benefit of building a strong talent pipeline for the future. A recent survey by TimesJobs analysed the coding ecosystem in detail and how recruiters need to evolve to reach out to the best coding talent.
The race to become a better coder
In a disruptive job market, the key to success is to get best outcomes from people. A talented team will give your business the best chance of surviving in the new world and building such team starts with an ace recruitment strategy. As per our survey findings, approximately 73% of recruiters feel that men are better coders than women. Ironically, the industry experts have a different take on this gender aspect amongst coders. Paneesh Rao, Chief of HR, L&T Technology Services says, “We are an equal opportunity employer and merit is the only criteria for a career. We don’t collect data based on performance by gender. However, we have observed, that the productivity of female employees is more than the male employees as they take lesser breaks and focus all work hours on work only”.
Age is just a number for Indian coders!
As per the TimesJobs survey, about 45% of the coders began coding between the age of 20-24 years. This is followed by 39% of coders, who started coding between the age of 15-20 years. Over the past three decades, the software industry has made tremendous progress. Advances in computing and programming has led to many exciting innovations seeing the light of the day. The population of coders in India comprises mainly of millennials. Tanmay Bakshi, 14, started coding at the age of five and is currently an AI Scientist and the youngest IBM Watson developer in the world. Nine-year-old Anvitha Vijay – who has several iOS applications to her credit – was invited as the youngest ever participant at tech giant Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. The internet is full of such incredible stories about the achievements of these young coders. n The most fulfilling industry for coders In this age, where technology is making paradigm shifts almost every day, TimesJobs asked the coders about their industry preferences while taking up a job. Approximately 48% of coders prefer IT firms and 42% chose established corporate brands. Since the startup businesses are witnessing a boom, 34% coders now prefer startups when it comes to job opportunities and 19% of coders choose entrepreneurship.