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Agile Demand Outstripping Supply

InfoQ has an interesting article that went largely unreported on how Agile demand is outstripping supply. I’ve noticed this also while researching my ebook on Agile Certifications.

The infoQ article points to two sources, CWJobs of the UK and Yoh IT based in the US. Some of the information coming out of Yoh IT include

  • Advertised agile jobs outnumbered candidates 4.59 to 1.
  • Some of the top job posters for agile over the last two years were: Microsoft, Fidelity, Amazon.com, Hewlett Packard, and IBM.
  • The top three job titles requiring agile skills: java developer, software engineer and project manager.
  • The demand is not evenly spread. It is highest in Washington, California, Oregon, Minnesota, New York and Massachusettes.


The article finishes with some interesting conclusions including:

  • Contractors and consultants are in the best position to meet the skills shortage as companies increasingly turn outward to acquire the knowledge they lack internally.
  • Because the agile experienced talent pool is low relative to the demand, there is a high likelihood of recruiters getting a low quality agile candidate.
  • Adoption of agile methodologies has accelerted in the last half decade, but the training for front line developers has not kept pace.


Missing from this list is the most obvious conclusion that there is strong upward pressure on salaries for experienced Agile practitioners. I’ll say a bit more about this next week, when the Agile Certifications ebook is released.

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