What the Job Market Wants from Requirements Engineers? An Empirical Analysis of Online Job Ads from the Netherlands

Maya Daneva, Chong Wang, Patrick Hoener, Patrick Hoener

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Abstract

Recently, the requirements engineering (RE) community recognized the increasing need for understanding how industry perceives the jobs of requirements engineers and their most important qualifications. This study contributes to the community's research effort on this topic. Based on an analysis of RE job ads in 2015 from the Netherlands' three most popular online IT-job portals, we identified those task and skill related qualifications that employers demand from RE job seekers. We found that the job titles used in industry for the specialists that the RE community calls 'requirements engineers', are 'Product Owner' and 'Analyst', be it Information Analyst, Application Analyst, or Data Analyst. Those professionals supposed to perform RE tasks also take responsibility for additional tasks including quality assurance, realization and deployment, and project management. The most in-demand skills are soft skills: Proficiency in Dutch and English, plus communication and analytical skills. RE is perceived as an occupation for experts, with 23% of all job ads asking explicitly for RE experience and 63% asking for experience similar to RE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 11th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2017
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages448-453
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-4039-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-4040-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017
Event11th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2017 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 6 Dec 20179 Dec 2017
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
PublisherIEEE
Volume2017
ISSN (Print)1949-3770
ISSN (Electronic)1949-3789

Conference

Conference11th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2017
Abbreviated titleESEM 2017
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period6/12/179/12/17

Keywords

  • Exploratory study
  • Job ad
  • RE job market
  • Requirements engineer
  • Requirements engineering practice

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    Daneva, M., Wang, C., Hoener, P., & Hoener, P. (2017). What the Job Market Wants from Requirements Engineers? An Empirical Analysis of Online Job Ads from the Netherlands. In Proceedings - 11th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2017 (pp. 448-453). (International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement; Vol. 2017). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ESEM.2017.60