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“Rock stars” of the job market, web developers fear becoming the “workers of yesterday”

On social networks, “Dave the developer” is a cult character. A free, happy, untouchable young worker, courted by all the companies fighting to recruit him. Having become an Internet meme, “Dave the dev” can even afford to make fun of the dozens of job offers that rain down on him throughout the day. “It’s not me, I’m applying for your offer, it’s your offer, she’s applying for me”, he says as he opens the professional social network LinkedIn in the morning, on one of the hundreds of allegorical images circulating on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitch and even the Discord chat service. A reference to the cult verse of the song DKR by rapper Booba (“It’s not the neighborhood that leaves me / It’s me I’m leaving the neighborhood”).

A satirical drawing, not so far from reality. A rain of messages from recruiters is also what Wilfried Evieux receives every week on LinkedIn. With three to four requests a day, this 26-year-old Web developer, a graduate of Supinfo Paris, now works as a freelancer. While still in training, he quickly understood the appeal that his profile had for companies. With a few years of experience under his belt, the requests keep coming. Even specifying that he is not looking for a job, companies are constantly trying to poach him, like “Dave the dev”. And for good reason, this poorly known profession is now a pillar of the Web.

From a specification, the developer analyzes the needs, chooses the most suitable technical solution and develops the functionalities of the site or the Web application, by coding them. A beginner developer earns an annual salary of around 32,000 to 48,000 euros annually. With two to five years of experience, the remuneration varies between 38,000 and 55,000 euros for confirmed profiles.

Difficulties recruiting

If developers have profiles and skills that are so attractive, it is because digital today represents 5.5% of French GDP, a figure that could double in the next few years, according to a study by the McKinsey firm taken over by Bpifrance. According to a study commissioned by school 42 (whose founder Xavier Niel is also, in a personal capacity, an individual shareholder of the World), conducted among 200 companies (from very small companies to large groups), 8 out of 10 companies surveyed said that it was difficult for them to recruit Tech profiles.

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