The Hottest Software Engineering Jobs And Skills Employers Are Looking For

Joseph F. Kovar

While the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of volatility in employment, software engineering jobs have fared well, with demand for their skills—and salaries needed to attract those skills—rising as technology companies shifted to work from home mode.

Great Places To Work Remote

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of remote workers in smaller tech hubs, according to Hired’s and Vettery’s marketplace data. For instance, the Hired marketplace found Denver to be the highest demand for remote workers, with 34 percent of roles being offered to potential employees in that city being remote work roles.

Hired also found that candidates in smaller job markets commanded salaries of 2 percent to 5 percent higher for remote jobs than for local jobs, and that 54 percent of software engineers said they were more productive when working remotely.

Employer Remote Role Demand By Market:

* Denver — 34 percent of roles offered were remote

* San Diego — 27 percent

* Los Angeles — 27 percent

* Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas — 27 percent

* Austin, Texas — 27 percent

* Washington, D.C. — 21 percent

* Chicago: 20 percent

* Seattle — 18 percent

* New York — 14 percent

* San Francisco Bay area — 12 percent

* Boston — 11 percent

Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at

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