- Global demand for software developers has increased, drawing a larger cross-section of people into coding bootcamps, according to a Feb. 4 HackerRank report. Because of this employers are changing their strategies for vetting and hiring talent.
- The report found hiring managers are looking to hire coding bootcamp graduates. Thirty-two percent of hiring managers said they've hired someone who has graduated from a bootcamp, and 72% of managers say the bootcamp graduates are "equally or better equipped" for their jobs when compared to other hires.
- While enterprises are loosening four-year degree requirements, 91% of developers at companies with 10,000 or more employees have a Bachelor's degree or higher, according to HackerRank. By comparison, one-third of developers at small companies don't have a Bachelor's degree.
Coding bootcamps and certifications are filling a need.
With 300,000 jobs expected to be added, software developers will be in demand in the next decade. Tech companies, private companies and universities — which have the most to lose as the cost of a 4-year degree skyrockets — are getting into the game.
Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering and 2U's Trilogy Education announced in July a bootcamp for teaching front- and back-end development skills to Baltimore-area working professionals and adult learners. The program was launched in response to 36,000 unfilled jobs requiring coding skills in the city's area.
Both schools partnered with 2U's Trilogy Education — the winner of HR Dive's 2019 Employee Initiative of the Year award — to launch the bootcamps.
Liberty Mutual Insurance developed an in-house coding bootcamp to meet its need for software developers and to avoid recruiting hassles. More companies may follow Liberty's example by launching coding bootcamps and other in-house training programs.