What are developers in Italy looking for in the job market? Turin-based software house BitBoss launches a survey

September 15, 2022
In an era of great change, the survey focuses particularly on the great resignations and new challenges brought to the industry by emerging technologies.

It is officially open the third edition of The State of Software Development in Italy research conducted by BitBoss. The software house and innovative startup, incubated in I3P, , designs and develops digital products based on technology, creativity and innovation and collaborates remotely every day with a network of active developers from all over Italy to compose, together with internal figures, the perfect team for each project.

For the third year running, BitBoss is launching an appeal to developers from all over Italy to take part in the annual survey dedicated to the world of software development. "The objective," says Davide Leoncino, Co-Founder and Head of Marketing at BitBoss, "is to take a constantly evolving snapshot of the figure of the developer. It is a profession that is now fundamental to the life of companies and that all entrepreneurs should learn to know and value if they want to compete to attract the best talent. Companies must know how to dialogue with these professionals, understand that most of them are no longer interested only in the economic aspect, but want to grow professionally, have flexibility and autonomy, and no longer want to work with obsolete technologies but seek more stimulating and innovative working environments."

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, 35.5 per cent of freelance developers claimed to have experienced an increase in work during the lockdown, while only 17.3 per cent claimed to have experienced a negative drop in work due to the restrictions. Then, in 2021, 9 out of 10 developers in Italy claimed to be employed and satisfied with their work and only 10% were actively looking for a job. These were some of the data that emerged from the first two editions of the research conducted by the Turin-based software house.

Today, two years after the first lockdown, how is the development sector changing? Is the momentum due to the digitalisation race still fuelling the demand for specialised figures in this sector? Furthermore, which technologies, tools and programming languages are most popular and most used by code professionals?

According to research conducted by the well-known Indeed platform, software developer is one of the highest paid and most in-demand jobs in Italy. Yet it is increasingly difficult to find skilled resources in this field, whether they are freelancers or employees, and, in fact, today developers continue to be rare talents that companies find increasingly difficult to attract. The demand for technical figures by companies is growing not only in order to compete effectively in existing markets, but mainly due to the emergence of new business opportunities in digital. Prime examples are the new technologies related to blockchain and web3.

The focus of this year's research

The Great Resignation phenomenon

This year's research will have a focus on the phenomenon called Great Resignation , which is affecting several industries including software development. In fact, research by the Harvard Business Review stated that resignation rates are mainly affecting the healthcare and technology sectors. In particular, the study revealed that the resignation rates affected more workers in those fields that had experienced an extreme increase in demand due to the pandemic, probably leading to an excessive increase in workloads.

Fuelling the phenomenon of large resignations, however, could also be the growing confidence in one's own abilities, the feeling that the dynamic between worker and employer has changed and that workers have more choice and more control over their professional lives.

New technologies: Blockchain and web3

Just to give one example, according to a study conducted by Forbes, the total market capitalisation of cryptocurrencies exceeded $3 trillion in 2021. Startups operating in the cryptocurrency world have collectively secured $30 billion in VC investment in 2021, 50 of which have raised over $100 million. In light of this data, what can be predicted for the future? "Certainly those who know the world of technology closely will have an opinion on this and we would like to understand whether developers in Italy perceive all these innovations as the future of the web or whether they associate these phenomena with a series of bubbles ready to burst. Certainly understanding what the opinion of those who work all day in the world of innovation is, should influence the way companies will use these new technologies”, conclude Leoncino.

It is therefore officially open the third edition of The State of Software Development in Italy research. The survey is open to all developers who wish to participate.

All results obtained through the research carried out by BitBoss will be made public in an aggregated and anonymous form on this web page and developers who participate will be able to receive the aggregated results in advance.


Luca Coppolella
Head of Content


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