A Global Workforce: Why Application Developers Are in Such High Demand


According to a recent study by Statista, global spending on IT alone has surpassed $400 billion, spawning a worldwide race to acquire the top developer talent around the world.

Contrary to popular belief, the top application and game developers are not just found in Silicon Valley or America. In fact, when you take a look at the numbers you find that America only has about 29% of the world’s software developers, and the region taking the crown these days might surprise you.

There are over an estimated 18 million developers in the world and according to the Evans Data’s recently released Developer Program 2018 survey report, the number of application developers who are in a formal developer relations program reached an all-time high of 83%.

Two-thirds of developers are in programs that they have been at for 5 years or less, while 15% have spent 2 or fewer years with their programs years, and fewer than 5% have been with a program for 16 years or more. This only leaves 17% of the currently available application developers, which is causing the scramble to acquire talent from around the world.

The population of developers in the world who are 30 years of age or less is larger than 5.5 million, according to a Developer Population and Demographics Study by Evans Data, and the biggest growth in numbers of software developers is expected in the Asia-Pacific region, with China eventually rivaling India in the sheer number of developers.

The Asia/Pacific region currently accounts for 9.47 million of the world’s developers, while the EMEA has 6.76 million and the Americas represent 4.80 million.

The gaming market is also booming in Southeast Asia, representing another huge opportunity for developers and publishers.

China’s gaming market is expected to grow from $27 billion in 2017 to $35 billion in domestic revenue by 2021, according to Niko Partners. Investment in the region will likely continue to boost this growth as mobile gaming revenue is predicted to overtake PC gaming in China later this year.

This is why it has become crucial for those in the industry to support the top developer talent, cultivating relationships that will result in the next generation of applications. Intending to stay ahead and fuel incredible development, OPEN Platform is launching an Asian roadshow in order to locate and support the top developers that have the desire to create the next generation of decentralized apps (DApps).

The OPEN team understands that a large number of the top developer talent is currently in the Asian market and that supporting these developers with their Developer Growth Pool will help fuel incredible developments in the future.

In a global workforce, one has to think globally. The talent pool is extremely diverse and some of the best developers in the world are found far away from Silicon Valley.

OPEN understands this explicitly and by widening their reach and supporting the top developers outside of the U.S., they hope to soon be one of the top leaders of the industry.

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