Strategic planning is at full throttle for tech companies. Here are tech talent market stats and trends on Market Growth, Software Development Practices, and Tech Talent Hunt and Retention. Use these numbers to benchmark your company’s metrics: Are you doing well?

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you:

  • are a bootstrap tech startup still in stealth mode;
  • are going through funding rounds to grab that series A or B with Venture Capitalists;
  • have just been through merges and acquisitions;
  • are opening your Initial Public Offering (IPO);

…these very different scenarios all share the same challenge. There is a dire need to find senior tech talent that simply isn’t available within the US.

That’s how Ubiminds became the key service provider for North American companies looking to build and scale distributed teams. We’ve done our research on what market trends and talent availability will look like. Here’s what we found:

What 2024 holds in store

To begin with, hear the cutting-edge tech insights for 2024 from Amazon’s CTO, Werner Vogels, as he delves into AI, AWS, and the future of engineering. You’ll gain invaluable foresight for the tech landscape ahead!


For a broader view, you may also want to hear Gartner’s VP Analyst Chris Howard’s walk-through too. Here, he dives into AI trust, sustainable technology, and the rise of machine customers. Even for non-tech organizations, this is a good guide toward innovation and value creation. Click to watch the full keynote.

22 statistics on the tech industry and talent availability for software development roles

Data on Tech Industry Growth

There is increasing demand for software solutions, and there are a plethora of companies looking to profit from it.

  • 1. 50% of new business systems will use real-time data to improve decision-making by 2022 (Gartner).
  • 2. The estimated tech budget growth for 2022 is 6.7% (Statista).
  • 3. The global digital transformation market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24 percent from 2021 to 2028 (Grandview).
  • 4. The forced acceleration of technology will worsen tech debt for 60% of firms (Forrester).
  • 5. 94% of enterprises use cloud services; the public cloud infrastructure is set to grow by 35% at the end of 2021 (HostingTribunal).
  • 6. Amazon’s operating profit margin expanded to 5.9%, driven by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The product is expanding revenue faster than the company overall (Motley Fool).

Numbers on Software Development Practices

It’s not only about what has to be done but also how. We have found that: 

  • 1. 35%  of enterprises will focus on event-driven architecture (EDA) (Forrester)
  • 2. 90% of ITDMs say observability is important to the organization, but only 26% consider themselves to have a mature observability practice in place (New Relic). 
  • 3. 84% of companies have a defined code review process in place; 26% of them believe Integration testing is the best way to improve code quality, while another 26% believe Unit testing is the way to go (CodeTrip).
  • 4. The Worldwide DevOps-based software market is estimated to reach $8 billion by the end of 2022, growing twice in 5 years ($3.9 billion in 2017) (IDC).
  • 5. By 2025, 70% of new applications developed by organizations will use low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25% in 2020 (TechGig).

We also recommend checking out Agile Drop’s 6 software development trends and Ego’s Web Development in 2022: Trends, Mistakes, Misconceptions articles. They are to the point and will bring you more depth than we have provided here.

Tech Talent Hunt and Retention Stats

Albeit there is much clarity on what needs to be done and how there are challenges in finding talent to make it happen.

  • 1. There are approximately 4,5 million software developers in the US (Remotely). 
  • 2. 1.4% is the US unemployment rate among IT talent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • 3. Comparing the average tech salaries in 2021 vs 2020 (Hired), we see current numbers stand at:
    USA: $152k annual (1.1% reduction)
    Remote: $143k  annual (4.6% increase)
    Global: $138k annual (6.2% increase)
  • 4. Average salaries for top engineering roles went up in NY and SF bay Area went up by 7% over the last year (Hired). By comparison, companies usually provide a 3% raise/year for non-tech roles.
  • 5. 74% of American tech workers will look for a new job if denied an expected pay raise in the next six months (Forbes).
  • 6. 73% of IT leaders identify that recruiting technologists and filling open tech positions is a key challenge as the impact of COVID-19 continues to change the workplace (SHRM).
  • 7. 90% of hiring managers are struggling to fill roles for Cloud, AI, Data Science, Security, and IT Architecture (CIO).
  • 8. 49% of organizations say that they have unfilled positions in their cyber security divisions.
  • 45 to 1,4k% is the demand growth for engineers, depending on specialty (Hired). The estimated demand growth per specialty is:
    AR/VR engineer (1,400%)
    Gaming engineer (146%)
    Computer vision engineer (146%)
    Search engineer (137%)
    Machine learning engineer (89%)
    Security engineer (49%)
    Data E=engineer (45%)
    Frontend engineer (17%)
    Backend engineer (17%)
    Blockchain engineer (9%)
    Full-stack engineer (5%)
  • 60% of AI talent is taken by technology and finance sectors, leaving few potential employees available for other industries (State of AI Report).
  • The global software market can reach $536.24 billion by 2022, and the offshore software development services market can grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.72% during the forecast period. (Enlear)

Need help sourcing and hiring tech talent outside the US?

Whether it’s product, software engineering, cloud, data, or security professionals you need, chances are they are in high demand. Having the right ally to support you in extending the talent pool to new regions (and navigating local compliance standards and regulations) is a must.

If you believe Latin America could be in the cards for your team, contact us via the form below and find out:

  • What kind of talent Latin America has to offer to software product, design, and engineering teams?
  • How much does it cost to recruit, hire, and compensate software developers in LatAm?
  • Why local bureaucracy and labor laws make it difficult and risky to make direct hires. Plus, how to overcome those hurdles.

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