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Software Engineering 2021

This benchmark includes responses from those that work in software engineering, often having role titles such as Software Engineer, Developer, Principal Architect and Solutions Architect.

  • ~6m

    Questions answered
    in last 12 months

  • /
  • ~800

    Organizations

These insights represent ~6m questions answered from ~800 organizations, ranging in size from 0 to 5,100 people, in the last 12 months.

The data meet our criteria as being robust and reliable; unlikely to substantially change over time; and representative of the wider industry. Read more about the methodology.

Data provided by Culture Amp

Industry breakdown

  • Computer Software

    29%

  • Internet

    21%

  • Information Technology and Services

    20%

  • Financial Services

    12%

  • Biotechnology

    4%

  • Real Estate

    3%

  • Insurance

    3%

Region breakdown

  • North America

    58%

  • Europe

    19%

  • Asia

    11%

  • Oceania

    7%

  • MEA

    3%

  • South America

    1%

Are employees committed to their organizations?

Engaged people are emotionally committed to their organization. These people stay at their organizations longer and are more productive and effective. Successful organizations have more engaged employees.

74% of Software Engineering employees are engaged

This is in the top 50% compared with other job functions.


Understanding the engagement questions

Engagement is defined through these five industry-standard questions from Culture Amp’s engagement survey template.

I would recommend [Company] as a great place to work

86%

2% above global average

I rarely think about looking for a job at another company

60%

1% above global average

I am proud to work for [Company]

87%

Same as global average

I see myself still working at [Company] in two years' time

66%

1% below global average

[Company] motivates me to go beyond what I would in a similar role elsewhere

70%

1% below global average

The highest scoring question for Software Engineering had 93% of people agreeing that they understand how their work contributes to [company]'s mission (+0% compared to overall) while they were generally most positive about Work & Life Blend.


People in Software Engineering were generally least favourable about Action, and were most negative towards 'I have seen positive changes taking place based on recent employee survey results' with 12% of people disagreeing (+0% above average).

Which questions matter the most?

Different things are important to different cultures. If you want to make more of your people engaged then you need to know what is important your people. These questions are most important to keeping people engaged in Software Engineering organizations.

1

I have been provided an opportunity to see and discuss recent employee survey results

63% favorable


The factor this relates most closely to is Action

Which questions matter the most?

Different things are important to different cultures. If you want to make more of your people engaged then you need to know what is important your people. These questions are most important to keeping people engaged in Software Engineering organizations.

1

I have been provided an opportunity to see and discuss recent employee survey results

63% favorable

Action
2

I see myself still working at [Company] in two years' time

66% favorable

Engagement
3

I receive appropriate recognition for good work at [Company]

72% favorable

Feedback & Recognition
4

My job performance is evaluated fairly

74% favorable

Feedback & Recognition
5

Generally, the right people are rewarded and recognized at [Company]

63% favorable

Feedback & Recognition

How long do people stay?

In the short term, 17% of people in this benchmark are thinking of or actually seeking jobs elsewhere (-1% compared to overall) while on a longer time frame, 10% of people see themselves leaving within two years (+0% compared to overall).

The following questions had the biggest impact on whether individuals felt that they were planning to stay at their organization and not actively looking for alternative jobs.

How does Software Engineering compare?

Individuals in Software Engineering tend to be very similar to the global all industries insights, with no significant departures from the average.

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