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Low-Code Tools Improve Devs’ Work-Life Balance, Survey Finds

Seventy-one percent of low-code tool users said they are able to stick to a 40-hour work week, compared with 44% of devs that don't use the tech.
Nov 21st, 2022 5:00am by and
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The headlines might be full of layoffs at major tech companies, but a lot of developers are still getting restless, according to a study released in late October.

While 64% of developers surveyed — nearly two in three — said they love what they do, just under half of devs (48%) expect they will remain in their current jobs a year from now; two years from now, only 28% said they expect to stay put.

A big reason for the restlessness, the study’s findings suggest a need for better work-life balance. Half of all survey respondents said they need a better balance between their personal and professional lives.

Low-code and no-code tools seem to be helping solve that challenge, according to the survey by Outsystems, which offers a low-code software development platform. Of those developers surveyed who reported using low-code tools in their jobs, 71% said they are able to stick to a 40-hour work week. By contrast, only 44% of devs whose organizations don’t use low code said the same.

Also, most developers who use low code — 63% — indicated that they were happy with their salary and benefits, compared to 40% of traditional developers.

The report, whose research was managed by Evans Data Corp., surveyed 860 developers from around the globe and across a variety of industries.

Job Security and Low Code

The study also upended the conventional wisdom that low-code tools will render skilled software developers redundant:

  • Fifty-one percent of low-code developers surveyed said they felt satisfied with their job security compared to 39% of traditional developers.
  • For anxious IT hiring managers, the survey offered some evidence that not everyone is eager to jump ship. Forty-six percent of respondents agreed that “many people I know who have changed jobs find their new jobs aren’t much better.”
  • Forty-three percent said the economic climate will have an impact on their decision whether to change jobs.

 Chart showing: Working Conditions and Developers' Career Plans The percentage of respondents to a survey of 860 developers by Outsystems who strongly agreed with the following, depending on whether they plan to stay in their jobs for 6 months or leave within six months: We have access to the tools to we need to do our jobs well: 58% of devs who plan to stay agreed, 42% of devs who plan to leave agreed. Our dev team is very productive: 53% of devs who plan to stay 6 months agreed, 38% of devs who plan to leave agreed. We prioritize the right projects: 43% of those who plan to stay agreed, 53% of those who plan to leave agreed. The business has reasonable expectations: 43% of those who plan to stay agreed, 34% of those who plan to leave agreed.

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