Over Half of North American Software Developers are Moonlighting

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Over half of all software developers work on apps on their own personal time according to the newly released North American Development Survey, a survey of over 400 software developers in North America conducted last month. Of those who do work on apps outside of work, 34% spend 20 to 40 hours per week, while 29% spend more than 40 hours per week on their own projects. The more experience the developer has, the more likely he is to work long hours on his own.

The most common reasons for developing outside of work relate to skills improvement or acquisition, though almost half (48.5%) claim their outside development work is spurred on by personal passion or as a hobby, while almost one-third say they like the idea of creating an app, selling it, and making money on the side.

“There’s been a lot of conjecture over the last couple of years about just who are the people writing all those apps for app stores,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. “While there obviously are specific companies focused on that space, and maybe a handful of hobbyists or students, we see lots of evidence that the bulk of those apps are being developed by the same developers who write traditional software for many types of companies as their day job.”

The North American Development Survey is part of Evans Data’s newly released Global Development Survey, an ongoing comprehensive technology survey of over 1400 software developers worldwide with regional focus on North America, EMEA and APAC. The survey covers demographics as well as platform, languages, mobile development, cloud development, high performance computing, tool purchasing, app distribution, technology and tool adoption and other topics.

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