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April 2018, Vol. 1, No. 1

Which software engineer skills matter? All of them

Want to hire someone with software engineer skills? It's going to take more than salary, a good work-life balance or an interesting technical challenge. In fact, it's going to take all three of those things, according to Sarah O'Brien, global director of insights for LinkedIn. "If you're an employer, you not only have to get compensation and work-life balance right, but you also need to provide challenging projects that are going to push a developer to the next level," she explained. LinkedIn lumps six different types of developers into the software engineer category, and O'Brien said there is quite a bit of variation in how they behave. One example: "Data scientists and machine learning experts are heavily in demand, and, as a result, the way they are looking for jobs is much more passive," she said. The popularity of DevOps and its required software engineer skills mix has also changed things. "This is a prime example of multiple disciplines coming together and creating hybrid skills," she said. "We are seeing the nature of ...

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