A survey of 500 IT and engineering professionals across software and finance industries published today by Harness, a provider of continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, suggests there is significant room to improve application development processes now that most DevOps teams are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey finds only 43% of developers said development velocity has increased since COVID-19, while just over half (52%) said they are happier in their roles since the pandemic began. Ravi Lachhman, a developer evangelist for Harness, said as velocity increases so does the need to automate DevOps processes across a distributed application development team. The level of automation achieved, in turn, has a direct impact on developer satisfaction.
Despite any productivity concerns, however, nearly three-fourths of developers (74%) said their organization plans to keep a remote or distributed workforce following the pandemic. That compares to only 2% who said their teams were fully remote prior to the pandemic.
On the plus side, developers are overwhelmingly satisfied (94%) with their employer’s investment in employee growth and development, and two-thirds (66%) said they value their companies even more than they did before the crisis. However, only a little more than half, (52%) said it was unlikely they would change jobs within the next year. Among developers who make less than $75,000, 54% said they are at least somewhat likely to change jobs, compared to 46% of those making more than that.
Compensation was the most-cited priority for switching jobs. Over a third (35%) said that if they were to look for a new employer, their top priority would be better pay. That compares to 27% who would prioritize more opportunities for career and professional growth and 20% who would switch for the ability to work remotely. Another 13% would leave for better benefits, while 5% cited shorter hours.
Almost two-thirds (60%) anticipated that further salary cuts or layoffs for their development teams are at least somewhat likely. So far, 28% of developers reported there have been layoffs at their organizations, with 22% saying those layoffs included members of their teams. Only 29% of developers said they have seen an increase in developer onboarding since the pandemic began, compared to 42% who saw a decrease. Another 29% saw no change.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents who earn $150,000 or more are happier in their roles since COVID-19 began (64%), while 44% of those who make $75,000 or less are happier.
Among developers over the age of 55, almost three-quarters (70%) said they are either less happy or their happiness has not changed. Interestingly, that compared with 43% of millennials. The report also noted both men and women feel they are compensated fairly, at 81% and 82%, respectively.
The so-called “new normal” that DevOps teams are adjusting to is clearly taking a toll. For the most part, the transition to working from home full-time has not been as disruptive as many initially feared. However, it’s also clear many organizations will need to revisit how their DevOps workflows are constructed to accommodate the fact that most DevOps teams won’t be returning to an office anytime soon.