But why? We attempt to explain

Java developer hardest job to fill, says survey

Chris Mayer

Java jobs remain the toughest position for hiring managers and recruiters to fill according to job search engine Dice. Does this mean that they are too demanding, or the candidates aren’t up to scratch?

The ongoing battle to acquire highly-skilled Java
candidates for tech jobs appears to be
, according to a new

Data from Dice.com
, a job search engine,
has found that the position of Java

the most difficult to
fill, according to hiring experts surveyed, with mobile and .NET
developers following closely behind.

These skillsets, along with software developer, are most
desired among hiring managers and recruiters – almost three times
as much as any other, according to Dice.com Managing Director Alice

This is a clear indication that
a gulf is present between the talent pool and what companies want
from prospective candidates, although that could well be a general
employment trend.

In what won’t come as a shock to some, of the 866
tech-focused hiring managers surveyed, most want experience over
apprentices, saying they want IT pros with two to five years
previous experience on the frontline.

Another important factor to consider,
according to Hill, is the fierce competition present to
these veterans, with all
recruiters gunning for the same

A conclusion we can draw from this survey is that the
advances in certain fields is accelerating quickly than the
education to job applicants. Technology is moving too fast for the
emerging talent pool to cope with the changes, leaving them
unprepared for what recruiters are actually looking

There also appears to be a clear problem with apprenticeships
– no one is willing give an opportunity to younger applicants. Why?
Because they no longer see fit to plough capital or time into
internal development, at least not to levels previously seen. This
clearly has to be addressed somehow.

“Companies have been shifting the responsibility for training
their employees to the individual for decades. Hiring managers say
they expect tech professionals to stay with their firm about three
years. That makes it tough to cross-train, retrain, or train at
all,” Hill adds

On the flip side, is this an issue for the talent pool? Are
some empowered enough to learn emerging languages, tools and
practices? Or are they simply unaware of what is expected of them
as they enter the market? A lot of this appears to be down to
education – perhaps some don’t have enticing enough resumes for
companies to take a punt on them.

The Dice.com survey provides a pretty convincing argument
that expectations from employers and potential candidates are poles
apart, but also that there could be some self-fabricated visions
from applicants in where they expect to be.

If you’re currently looking for a development role, check out

from Trisha Gee, a developer who is
part of the hiring process at LMAX – a great article on what she
looks for when perusing a job application. Another shrewd move to
make is to join a local Java User Group – by immersing yourself in
a community, you pick up new skills and importantly, contacts
quickly. Learning from others might just fill that gap in your
knowledge that might secure a job in the future.

What’s your view – are employers expecting too much from
candidates or are candidates not doing enough?

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