Why can’t I find a senior full stack developer?
TLDR: The term “full stack developer” didn’t exist in 2015 so how can senior full stack developers exist in 2019…?
The term “full stack developer” is a very recent term. This will seem controversial to those in recruitment and even those who now call themselves as such, but if you’ll just bear with me for a bit, I’ll explain.
So… what changed?
This all changed around five years ago (as seen in the graph below) when react.js, angular and similar frameworks became popular, and the front-end tech ecosystem started to blossom. Suddenly it became very normal to build complex systems in the browser using a full development tool-chain.
Coincidentally, five years is usually how long it takes for a developer to become
So realistically, it’s no real surprise then that it’s hard to find full-stack developers with five years experience — those technologies just simply didn’t exist or weren’t widely used five years ago.
So the question is… how do you go about finding those few developers that took up the technologies when they first came out?
The short answer is: break down what exactly you are looking for.
The long answer: you can find that here.