Top 5 Gems from the Ruby Job Market

2014-04-25 02.05.24 pm

They say the only constant in life is change, and that definitely applies to the job market for technical roles, particularly as it pertains to the Ruby landscape. This can present a bit of a challenge to job seekers trying to understand where they fit in, and for employers trying to source outstanding talent. Fortunately, the Hired platform has connected us with thousands of individuals in both groups, providing insightful data about the Ruby job market. Now, we’re passing that insight along to you.

Key takeaways? Keep reading to find out.

 #1 – Money isn’t everything.

Everyone needs to make a living, but of the Ruby developers surveyed, 91% don’t consider salary to be the number one factor in finding the right job. With so much at stake when it comes to finding a good fit, this discovery starts to make a lot more sense in terms of the candidate’s decision-making process. In addition to salary, we found candidates are also taking into account other factors that while might not amount to a bump in salary short-term, eventually lead to career benefits later on. What else are Ruby candidates thinking about? 34% said they want to develop new skills in their next position, 41% want to learn, and a small but significant number–7%–want to win big with stock options.

 #2 – Half of all Rubyists would move for the right job.

You’ve got to go where the opportunity exists. At least that’s what most Rubyists are likely to believe, assuming it’s the right opportunity. We found in our survey that 50% of all Rubyists would consider moving for the right kind of job. While some employers might think hot markets for Ruby talent have been tapped, you can’t underestimate the magnetic pull these markets have on candidates across the country. So, while relocation is a big step, it’s certainly one Ruby devs across the U.S. take very seriously when looking for a job.

#3 – Ruby engineers who know Angular JS get more interview requests.

Even the most qualified and in-demand job seekers want to know what’s going to make them more marketable. That means sizing up the employer landscape and cultivating the skills and experience that get them noticed. One clear advantage that emerged in our research? Knowing Angular JS. Candidates who identified that they were proficient in the framework got 20% more interview requests than those that did not.

 #4 – Rubyists love GitHub.

For every community out there, there’s a gathering place. For Ruby devs, that place is GitHub, the world’s largest open source community. Collaboration and peer review are essential elements of the Ruby community, and this was demonstrated clearly in our research: 72% of Ruby devs are using the software dev tool, while only 39% of Java devs. 

# 5 – For Ruby devs, location is everything. 

Everyone knows SF is startup central. But it’s more than just lip-service for the city by the Bay. In San Francisco, where Hired has its headquarters, Ruby devs are even more passionate than their counterparts elsewhere in the country. Evidence of that was uncovered in our research: Engineers in SF are 50% more likely to list Ruby as their primary skill compared to those in other job markets. Every movement has its epicenter. For the Ruby community, that’s San Francisco.

The Hired platform is a powerful tool for understanding the most essential element for building today’s startups: People. As employer demands change and mature over time, these findings will undoubtedly change as well. The good thing? We’ll be at the forefront of uncovering the driving factors for job seekers and employers alike. Want more Hired insight? Get it here.