The Great Resignation isn’t over for tech companies. A recent report by Gallup indicates a whopping 52% of tech employees are actively considering a job change. In the hyper-competitive developer market, where some publications suggest an average turnover rate over 35%, this translates into a developer retention crisis.

Failing to prioritize employee retention strategies across the board, including developers, can have a devastating impact on your tech projects. Letting your best talent walk out the door leads to a loss of institutional knowledge, crippling delays, and a weakened competitive edge.

But fear not, tech leaders! Is high developer turnover killing your projects?  There are concrete steps you can take to stanch the developer exodus and build a thriving development team.

Step 1: Building an Employer Brand that Attracts and Retains

While the Great Resignation may be a wake-up call, developer retention has always been a critical aspect of building a successful tech team. Engaging your developers by fostering a sense of purpose, ownership, and growth opportunities goes a long way in keeping them happy and productive.

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In today’s candidate-driven market, your employer brand is your battle cry. It’s what sets you apart from the competition and attracts top developers seeking a fulfilling career. Here’s how to craft a magnetic employer brand:

  • Showcase your company culture. Leverage social media platforms like LinkedIn to showcase your company culture. Spark genuine connections with potential hires by sharing glimpses of team-building activities, employee recognition programs, and a healthy work-life balance.
  • Become a thought leader. Invest in content marketing that positions your company as a hub for innovation. Encourage your developers to contribute to industry publications, speak at conferences, and even create engaging technical content like YouTube videos. You can check out Fireship, Traversy, Tech with Tim, and PDS (our favorite!) for inspiration.

Building a strong employer brand is a crucial first step, but it’s only part of the equation. Tech talent acquisition strategies like attending industry job fairs and leveraging developer communities can help you find the perfect talent fit for your team.

Step 2: Cultivating a Work Culture that Thrives

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Once you’ve attracted top talent, you need to create an environment where they flourish. Here are some key ingredients:

  • Promote collaboration and teamwork. Encourage knowledge sharing, open communication, and celebrating team wins. This creates a strong sense of camaraderie and belonging, making developers feel valued and invested in the team’s success.
  • Prioritize growth and development. Offer developers opportunities to hone their skills through conferences, workshops, and access to cutting-edge tools.
  • Embrace a work-life balance. Remote work options, flexible hours, and generous PTO go a long way in preventing burnout and keeping developers happy and productive.
  • Foster a culture of recognition and feedback. Implement a system for recognizing developer contributions, both big and small. Encourage regular performance reviews that provide constructive feedback and a clear roadmap for professional growth.

Step 3: Competitive Compensation and Benefits Packages

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Let’s face it, developers are in high demand. To retain your top talent, you need to offer a compensation and benefits package that reflects their worth. Here’s what to consider:

  • Competitive salaries. Conduct regular salary benchmarking to ensure you’re offering salaries that are in line with the market rate for developers with your skillsets and experience levels.
  • Comprehensive benefits. Go beyond the traditional health insurance by offering benefits that cater to developers’ needs, such as student loan repayment assistance, gym memberships, or subscriptions to developer resources.

By prioritizing developer retention through employer branding, fostering a positive work culture, and offering competitive compensation and benefits, you can build a loyal and high-performing development team that is unshakable, even in the face of today’s turbulent job market.

Step 4: Ready to Build a Rock Star Development Team in Latin America?


Ubiminds specializes in building and retaining high-performing software teams in Latin America. We leverage our network and expertise to find the perfect talent fit for your company, and create an environment where developers thrive.

Request a consultation today and discover how Ubiminds can help you solve your developer retention woes!


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