Developers have more money, less time

In a recent survey, developers cite short turnarounds as biggest job woe -- but most have seen bigger bottom lines in last 5 years

We already know there's a high rate of developer burn 'n' churn, and that plenty of IT pros are just waiting for a slightly looser job market before they leave their current server room-cum-gulag. Embarcadero Technologies has pegged exactly why developers are disgruntled.

In a recent survey of 606 developers, nearly 52 percent said they didn't have enough time to accomplish their work tasks; consequently, they were finding it difficult to make the time to learn new programming languages, keep their current skills up-to-date, or perform unit and system testing on the work they had completed.

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New job skills are top of mind for many developers: 56 percent are bracing for the impact mobile applications will have on the development community. They did not mention when they'd be able to find the time to learn how to write those mobile applications.

The final interesting note: Two-thirds of the developer surveys were either self-employed or working for very small companies, and only 26 percent said they're making less money now than they were five years ago. Do these findings square with your experience? Weigh in below or on the Tech Watch Facebook page.

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