With technology now influencing almost every aspect of our lives, the need for software engineers continues to grow.
What used to seem like a futuristic study, computer science is now a practical and applicable degree. And with demand for software engineers consistently out-weighing the supply of qualified professionals, now is a great time for software engineers to take advantage of the positive job environment and negotiate an outstanding salary.
"Software engineers are always in high demand," said Aaron Crutison, Technical Recruiter at Robert Walters. "But if you are a software engineer, how can you make sure you are finding the most exciting roles and negotiating a great salary that reflects the high demand for your skills."
Rulers of the job empire
The Bay Area continues to flourish as tech start-ups from around the world relocate to the tech mecca, resulting in ample job opportunities for software engineers.
“In a society that thrives on technology, people who are able to transition ideas into technological solutions are in demand now more than ever," continued Aaron. "Such demand allows for a variety of options when choosing between which company might be the best fit for their personal and professional development.”
Know your worth
When negotiating your software engineering salary, one thing to keep in mind is the number of negotiables you have. These include equity, vacation time, commuter benefits, health benefits, work schedule and, of course, salary. One of the key trending topics amongst software engineers is the change in traditional work schedules.
“Software engineers, specifically in Silicon Valley, are looking for flexibility in their work schedules. This is a great trend because business leaders are acknowledging this desire and doing their best to meet that demand, said Sutha Mogun, Enginnering Consultant at Robert Walters.
"These leaders are setting aside the notions of traditional 9-5s and are establishing their own style of work/life balance that meets the needs of their employees.”
Benefits of working with a recruiter
Working with a recruiter as a career partner can provide many advantages. For engineers specifically, in such a candidate driven market, a recruitment consultancy can:
- help maintain relationships with multiple companies at once
- provide insight on the current market
- advise of alternative options if looking to make a career change
"Using a recruiter can provide many advantages for engineers. In such a candidate driven market, a recruiter can help maintain relationships with multiple companies at once, provide insight on the current market, and advise of alternative options if looking to make a career change"
As a recruitment consultancy with a San Francisco office that focuses solely on filling opportunities for tech start-up companies, Robert Walters has a constant demand for software engineers.
The role we play is that of an advisor and consultant, managing expectations during the negotiation process - we can tell you whether your expectations are too low or too high, giving you the ability to ask the hard questions openly without jeopardizing the opportunity or the professional relationship.
Another great aspect of using a recruiting firm is the representation provided when trying to place you into a role. When speaking to a company, we are the one relaying your applicable skill set and reinstating why you are an ideal candidate. This is more impactful than the traditional route of applying for a job, where you simply send your resume and cover letter (which may look the same as the other hundred in their inbox) and wait to hear back.
“Robert Walters prides itself on establishing personal relationships with both candidates and clients," Sutha continued. "Since companies trust our relationship with them and we understand what job profile you are looking for, your resume is easily moved to the top of the pile.”
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