Low-code developers are more productive and more satisfied with their projects than traditional developers, which leads to more rapid promotion and fewer hours on the job, according to a global survey of more than 860 developers.
The OutSystems report, Developer Engagement Report: Are Your Developers Happy or Halfway Out The Door?, revealed the benefits of low-code environments:
- Sixty-five percent of low-code developers also use traditional programming languages.
- Developers who use low code are much more likely to report high satisfaction about their tools than traditional developers (57% versus 36%).
- More than 71% of low-code users said they are able to stick to the typical 40-hour workweek, compared with only 44% of traditional developers.
- Sixty-three percent of low-code developers indicate they are happy with their salary and benefits, compared with 40% of traditional developers.
Ken Athaide, principal of market research at OutSystems, said the data shows clear benefits of leveraging low code.
"We found that developers who use low-code tools as part of their workflows have higher job satisfaction, work fewer hours each week, and show greater satisfaction with their teams' productivity and communication," he explained.
Combining Traditional and Low-Code Methods Increases Speed, Flexibility
The data shows most low-code developers use traditional development methods in tandem with low-code tools, which brings flexibility and speed that augments the productivity of all developers, Athaide said.
Low code also eases the friction, time management, and resource issues around which developers expressed frustrations.
"With higher productivity and better communication, developers who use low code may also more likely maintain a healthy work-life balance, which is key to developer happiness," he said.
The report also revealed that while nearly two-thirds (64%) of developers surveyed said they love what they do, less than half (48%) said they "definitely plan" to be with their current employer in one year — and that percentage falls to 29% when looking two years out.
Athaide found it particularly surprising that, while most developers are passionate about the work that they do, many don't see long-term potential at their current employers.
"This means that organizations must look past typical perks like financial compensation or fun perks to keep employees engaged," he said. "The data gave us an inside look into how developers feel about their jobs and therefore has implications for developer retention that we weren't expecting."
To retain top developers, he said organizations need to recognize that good talent is looking for intentional attention to three key areas:
- work-life balance
- advancement opportunities
"The most influential way to maintain talent is to take note of staffing and workload," Athaide explained.
The data found that despite having smaller teams, low-code developers on average are more satisfied with their teams than traditional developers, and most (71%) reported being able to stick to a 40-hour workweek.
On the flip side, advancement, benefits, and salary are also very important for developers looking for opportunities.
The survey found that 46% of low-code developers are very satisfied with job opportunities, compared with 40% of traditional developers.
Once hired, 63% of low-code developers said they were very satisfied with their salary and benefits, compared with traditional developers, at 40%.
"As organizations consider these findings, it would greatly benefit their teams to consider low-code solutions," Athaide said. "The survey indicates these empower team agility, productivity, and stability, all while contributing to workplace culture."
Expect Use of Low Code to Continue to Grow
Amid a growing developer talent shortage, the industry is seeing an increase in low-code usage, he said.
Athaide pointed to a Gartner study predicting that by 2025, 70% of new applications developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies.
"It is only a matter of time before most developer teams leverage the use of low code combined with traditional coding methods," he said. "In the same vein, cloud-native application development is one of the fastest-growing trends, which means it's time for organizations to embrace cloud-native application development."
OutSystems' Cloud-Native Development report, published earlier this year, found that while 72% of respondents expect that most of their apps will be created using cloud-native development by 2023, only 47% of them know a lot about it.
"With the anticipated increase in the use cloud-native development, IT leaders are acknowledging the need to make plans to expand their adoption of low-code platforms as they build for the cloud," Athaide said.
About the authorNathan Eddy is a freelance writer for ITPro Today. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin.