Attract good coders by knowing the right market price, SMEs told

Attract good coders by knowing the right market price, SMEs told

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4/12/2021 2:02:00 AM

Attract good coders by knowing the right market price, SME s told

JOHOR BARU: In less than three years after graduation, a good coder can earn up to RM6,000 a month, says the southern region chairman for the Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Samenta), Louis Ooi .

Commenting on the shortage of engineers in the country, Ooi said the greatest demand currently is for workers in software engineering.“But salary is not the only thing. Let’s say a coder asks for RM4,000 a month, and you agree, but after thinking about it, that coder can still decline.

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“You have to offer a higher value-perception of the job. Is your software patented?“If your offer includes their names in the patent of the next version, then they might be really excited about joining your company,” he said.Ooi pointed out that workplace location matters, too.

“We have a company with an office in Seberang Prai (mainland Penang), but it could not get any coders until it shifted its data centre to the island,” he said.In software engineering, a coder is the most junior member of the team, responsible for punching out code that makes the software perform specific functions. headtopics.com

Ooi said the chief software engineer, who could command a salary of RM12,000 to RM15,000 a month, must have over 10 years’ experience and be able to design, develop, maintain, test and evaluate the whole system.“Bosses should know that coders are usually not good at articulating.

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“They may even lack interpersonal skills. But when you clearly tell them what you want the software to do, you will be amazed by the logic of their programming,” he said.Ooi also advised companies to look beyond academic qualifications of potential coders.

“You might find applicants with a degree in physics or chemistry, but they learnt coding and love it. Look out for natural talent,” he said.Ooi encourages the younger generation to pick up software engineering skills early.In fact, he has been helping his son develop an interest in the field of data science.

“A few years ago, when it became fashionable for car dashboards to have digital gauges instead of analogue ones, one company won the dashboard project from a carmaker, and then many other carmakers approached it.“Eventually, the company had a team of about 100 coders because every carmaker wanted their dashboards to be unique. headtopics.com

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“Now, that company has a powerful team of coders, and is ready to take on bigger jobs,” he said.

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