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It was found that software developers with shorter work experience had a higher turnover intention. It is necessary to create a developer-friendly culture to reduce the turnover rate, through internal training for employees to improve their job satisfaction when starting a new job. The“SW Developer Job Environment: Developer Job Value and Job Satisfaction” report released by the Software Policy Research Institute on August 1st showedthis tendency of SW developers. At the end of last month, the institute conducted a survey of 1,000 SW developers through 'Blind', a community platform for office workers.

The survey found that the shorter the software development experience, the higher the intention to change jobs. The average score of turnover intention by the developer group with less than 3 years of experience was 4.10 (out of 5), higher than those with 3-10 years of experience (4.09 points) and 10 years or more (3.87 points). There was no significant difference in job and workplace satisfaction, with an average of low 3 points and late 2 points, respectively. Thesurvey result on the job values ​​pursued by SW developers indicated that 'intrinsic value' was the highest with an average of 4.46 points. Intrinsic value is the value of having fun while carrying out a task, learning new things (skills, abilities, etc.) or using the capabilities one has. Leisure value, which means work-life balance and work autonomy that gives leisure to life outside of work, averaged 4.29 points after intrinsic value. Extrinsic values ​​such as honor, salary, and promotion scored 4 points, and relational values ​​such as contact with colleagues and various people were relatively low at 3.4 points.

There were differences by career. For the developer group with less than 3 years of experience, the average score for extrinsic value pursuit was 4.56 higher than the overall average. The shorter the career, the higher the score they gave to the 'job with good opportunities for my own development (career) and promotion'. In addition, the developers gave high scores to 'jobs that can give other job offers from outside'. There was also a group difference according to the educational background of developers. The job satisfaction of the developer group with a high school diploma or less averaged 3.38 points, which was higher than that of the developer group with a university degree (3.05 points) and a master's degree or higher (3.03 points). Next, job satisfactionfor developer group with a high school diploma or less was 3.16 points, which was higher than universitygraduates (2.77 points) and developer group with master's degrees or higher (2.80 points).

The institute said, “Domestic software developers most prefer jobs that allow them to use individual capabilities, enjoy pleasure, or learn new skills and abilities. This result is similar to overseas research, as domestic developers also value intrinsic and leisure values.” he said. The institute suggested the need for a developer-friendly corporate culture and said, “We found that developers with relatively short careers showed higher turnover intentions and desire for career development. Even if they are still employed, it is necessary to provide educational opportunities for sprout developers with short careers to actively cultivate their own competencies and develop into new software and industry-specialized personnel.” The research institute continued, “Job satisfaction was the lowest among the college graduates, and the higher the educational level, the lower the job satisfaction. It is necessary to expand internship and job experience programs for college students majoring in SW to experience a workplace before getting a job and see whether it suits their aptitude, to maximize the satisfaction of the company as well as the efficiency of the job environment and individual developers.”

By Staff Reporter Jiseon Kim