A small global survey shows certain trends and sentiments in application developers from APAC and around the world.

From a recent global survey of 860 full- or part-time developers in the Americas (the United States, Mexico, Brazil), EMEA (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Portugal, Netherlands), and APAC (180 from Singapore, India, and Australia), it has been concluded that only 50% of respondents in the Asia Pacific region would still be in their current role within the next 12 months, and within two more years, this figure would drop to 34%.

Respondents were selected based on their current job scope meeting at least one of the following duties: defining business requirements and  application scope; architecting/specifying/designing; evaluating development tools, vendors and/or partners; writing code and deploying software

applications; and maintaining and updating applications that have been deployed.

At the global level, survey data showed that low-code developers were very satisfied with both team productivity (59%) and the quality of tools at their disposal (57%) to complete their work. For traditional coders in the survey, 41% reported similar feelings around team productivity and developer tools (36%).

Other findings

“More than 71%” of respondents in low-code work indicated they were able to stick to the typical 40-hour work week, compared to 44% of traditional developers. Additionally, 60% of low-code developers indicated they were happy with their salary and benefits, compared to 40% of traditional developers. Low-code respondents indicated they had received an average of 3.5 job promotions at their current company, while traditional developers in the survey had been promoted 2.0 times. Also:

    • 59% of APAC respondents indicated they loved their jobs, with 50% indicating they would definitely be with their current company a year from now — and that percentage fell to 34% for three years from the time of survey.
    • 76% of Australian developers in the survey indicated they loved their jobs, with 81% ‘strongly agreeing’ that they really liked the work they were doing — the highest among all the countries surveyed.
    • Singapore respondents indicated the lowest satisfaction with their personal productivity (15%) among all the countries surveyed, with team productivity the lowest at 32% vs 48% globally.

According to Mark Weaser, Vice President (APAC), OutSystems, which commissioned the survey: “Leaders have recognized the need to turn to innovative digital solutions that will optimize resources, alleviate workloads, and supercharge productivity. With this in mind,  they can ease the friction, toil, and resource issues that continually test developer motivation and frustration.”