Scrum is becoming a more widely accepted and popular way of managing software projects and application development due to its simplicity. Hiring trends confirm the adoption of many companies. The demand for tech professionals with scrum experience has grown steadily over the past few years. In January, there were more than 33,000 jobs advertised online that mentioned scrum knowledge, up 350% in 4 years. Scrum Masters are specifically advertised in 3,700 job ads, or about 11% of scrum job listings. It makes sense that Scrum Masters are represented by a small percentage, since most of the roles in scrum are involved in the product ownership or development. The hiring trendline for Scrum Masters below shows a significant decline during the last quarter of 2013. However, it seemed to bounce back in January and this is a trend Recruiters and employers should watch to predict the competitiveness of the market.
Hiring Trend for Scrum Masters
However, just because Scrum Masters are only represented by 11%, it doesn't mean these jobs will be "easier" to fill. In fact, Scrum Masters score an 83 on our Hiring Scale. The Hiring Scale uses candidate supply, hiring demand, employment, salary, and other factors to measure the difficulty-to-fill and assigns a number from 1 to 99. 99 represents the most difficult-to-fill situation. A score of 83, as with Scrum Masters, would signal a very hard-to-recruit situation. There are more than 700 employers currently hiring for Scrum Masters, creating high competition to attract potential candidates.
If you're hiring for a Scrum Master, where should you look? Typically, we would recommend looking at alternative locations where demand is lower and sourcing candidates is likely to be easier. However, when we look at Hiring Scales across the US, there aren't any locations that will provide easy conditions. The best place to source for Scrum Masters is the Green Bay, WI metro area. Here, there are only 7 job openings, so Recruiters aren't likely to face much competition when sourcing potential candidates. Despite being the best place in the US, the Hiring Scale scores Scrum Masters at a 61 in Green Bay. The available talent pool of Scrum Masters in Green Bay is small – fewer than 100. This means they will still be hard-to-fill here.
Hiring Scale for Scrum Masters – Green Bay, WI
Since you may not be able to relocate a candidate, another option is to look for potential candidates in companies that are currently employing talent that has scrum skills. How do you find these companies that use scrum agile methodology? Our prior hiring activity shows more than 4,800 companies that have hired in the past 4 years for Scrum Masters. It's very likely that tech talent at these companies are familiar with scrum and there are likely to be Scrum Masters employed. You can use resume databanks or social networking sites to specifically search for potential candidates within these companies.
Historical Hiring Data – Scrum Masters
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