Taken at the Google Campus in London last night:

Right now, everyone is hiring. It’s nuts. In 18 years of being a professional software engineer, I’ve never known a time like it. We’ve gone from a society where it was considered a bit odd to be interested in computers, to a world where software engineering skills are the single-most in demand skill today.

This is what you’re competing against – and this is before Facebook and Microsoft open up their new London offices. So the question is … if you’re someone trying to hire developers for your firm, what are you going to do in the face of this competition?


  1. Rob... says:
    August 3rd, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Refactor your company to allow remote development?



  2. Stuart Herbert says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    @Akrabat it can work for small teams with strong social bonds, but I’ve never seen it work well at scale yet.

  3. Jose da SIlva says:
    August 3rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Nice post Stuart, i am feeling the pain for a couple of months now. You can’t forget that, if you are in Europe, you should count with people fear as well.

    Here’s what i am observing, here in Portugal, the good one’s, as in, Senior developers are employed somewhere already, and when we try to get to them and make them hear about your project, the answer is 90% the same – “I am not willing to change jobs between this crisis, it’s safer stay were i am”. But, we can always say, if people is not available to take some risks, maybe is better not to hire him.

    It’s difficult to hire as hell, not sure if it’s only on the PHP professionals scope or in other languages there is the same problem.

    Anyway, most probably is company fault, not marketing themselves among the professionals, in conferences, user groups …

    Thanks for lifting the problem up one more time, maybe someone will find a solution for this some day.

  4. Andre says:
    August 3rd, 2012 at 11:52 am


    Have you ever considered hiring remote workers? (telecomute)

    Best regards,

  5. Duane Gran says:
    August 3rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    What are we seeing in this picture? I don’t doubt that hiring good software dev/eng talent is hard as ever, but the cork board looks like it could have notices of missing pets just as likely as job opportunities. I’m not getting it.

  6. Steve says:
    August 17th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I also don’t get it – what are we looking at? Is that supposed to make us thing Google is a cool place to work? It looks like the community noticeboard in an ALDI.

    Not that I’d condescend to set foot in an ALDI.

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