Recession-proof your software engineering career

Matt Martin is CEO and co-founder of Clockwise, a San Francisco-based software company. Software engineering is generally an employee’s market. In 2019, demand for frontend and backend engineers grew 17%, according to Hired’s 2020 State of Software Engineers Report. In 2018 there were 23 million software developers and by the end of 2019 that number…

Recession-proof your software engineering career

Matt Martin is CEO and co-founder of Clockwise, a San Francisco-based software company.

Software engineering is generally an employee’s market.
In 2019, demand for frontend and backend engineers grew 17%, according to Hired’s 2020 State of Software Engineers Report. In 2018 there were 23 million software developers and by the end of 2019 that number had grown to 26.4 million. 67% of IT managers said they planned to expand their teams in 2020.
But as COVID-19 spurs layoffs, furloughs and hiring freezes, hopes of a V-shaped recovery are vanishing. Where companies once fought each other for talent,
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