The pressures to fill developer positions with qualified and skilled candidates are preventing many companies from being fully successful, according to new research.

In addition to the struggle to attract new talent, existing developers are feeling the pressure from companies struggling to recruit developers fast enough.

Fast-growing workloads are growing faster than the workforce can grow, Dynatrace says, and if left unaddressed, it could lead to increasing developer burnout, jeopardizing digital transformation.

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However, it gets worse because this knife has two faces. Dynatrace notes that companies face two opposing challenges: a pandemic-fueled digital transformation boom that ultimately opens up thousands of new positions, and a labor shortage that continues to leave those positions unfilled.

Company research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72%) of technical teams have a skills shortage that they can't seem to fill. It is said that 2 million tech vacancies were advertised between May 2021 and 2022, and the payoff has never been higher.

Technician salaries are, on average, nearly 80% higher than non-tech equivalents, with a 22% increase in developer and DevOps salaries. In an effort to make the transition more attractive, the lowest-paying developer jobs saw their salaries increase by 40%.

“Developers are under significant pressure to keep up with innovation cycles and talent shortages are creating more work for existing teams,” said Greg Adams, Dynatrace UK & Ireland Regional Vice President.

“This leads to developer burnout as teams are unable to keep up with increasing workloads. Organizations need to do more than raise wages if they want to reduce developer burnout, otherwise they risk derailing their digital transformation journey.”

The company says that part of the solution should include automation, allowing developers to focus primarily on what matters, with less spending on "manual effort to keep the lights on."

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