Nearly 45 per cent techies get job offers through code contests: study

Over 55 pc employees and 65 pc employers feel participating in code contests are a very worthwhile pursuits.

Mumbai: With programming competitions or 'code contests' gaining popularity, a study has revealed that 45 per cent respondents received job offers by participating in such coding competitions.

According to a latest TJinsite study, powered by TechGig, a TimesJobs platform, nearly 45 per cent participants admitted having received job offers through coding contests. Last year, 30 per cent software professionals said they received job offers by taking part in such code contests.

The study revealed that not just coders, employees and participants think code contests are a great platform to hone their skill and being recognised, employers too look forward to these competitions in order to identify and hire the best brains in the field.

Over 55 per cent employees and 65 per cent employers feel participating in code contests are a very worthwhile pursuits. It further said about 70 per cent employers agree that code contests are a great way to improve skills, become better problem solvers, learn the intricacies of programming languages and even prepare for job interviews.

"Coding platforms are helping companies with critical talent identification, workplace engagement and making the right hiring decisions in a cost-effective way," TimesJobs and TechGig business head Ramathreya Krishnamurthi said.

It further said the growth in participation suggests that these code contests have become a crucial part of work and workplace strategy. This year, nearly 60 per cent candidates informed they have participated in these competitions at some point in their career, which was 40 per cent last year, it added.

In fact, participation of women employees has also improved to 45 per cent this year against 35 per cent in 2016. It said code contests are no longer limited to just recruitment, these competitions are being leveraged to promote creativity, innovation and healthy competition at the workplace, boosting motivation and productivity levels.

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