Who's the Most Active in Developing Coding Skills?
1. United Kingdom
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Brits are the most likely to proactively head to the internet looking to learn new computer science skills. For example, the UK ranked first for the proportion of the population who land on online coding course websites like Codecademy and Udacity. Each month, around 190,000 people (or 2.9 per 1,000 people) go to these sites after searching for terms like "learn python", "learn to code" or "codecademy" online. The UK also sees the highest proportion of visits to Stack Overflow, the most robust programming Q&A community site in the world. Each month, 16.7 per 1,000 people in the UK visit this site after organically searching for answers to often complex computer science questions. Finally, the UK ranked second for visits to computer coding challenge sites like Hackerrank.
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Sweden ranked 2nd overall for the proportion of residents who look to develop programming skills online. Scoring just behind the UK in the online coding course and coding Q&A community categories, 2.6 people per 1,000 visit coding course sites Codecademy and Udacity and 12 people per 1,000 visit Stack Overflow organically each month. Sweden ranked 5th in terms of coding challenge sites, with around 6,000 total organic visits to coding challenge sites Hackerrank, Kaggle, CodeWars and HackerEarth each month.
3. Denmark (tie)
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Denmark and the Netherlands tied for 3rd place in Europe, with the Danes shining in terms of the proportion of the population active on online computer coding course sites. Each month, there are 140,000 organic visits to Codecademy and Udacity from Denmark, or 2.4 per 1,000 people.
3. Netherlands (tie)
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The Dutch are the third most active on coding Q&A community site Stack Overflow, which is used by professional and enthusiast coders to find the answers to questions. From the Netherlands, 50,000 people land on Stack Overflow each month via organic searches, or 12 people per 1,000.
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Rounding out the top 5 is Norway. While fewer people from Norway participate in coding challenges, 5.7 per 1,000 head to Stack Overflow each month in search of answers to programming dilemmas and 2 people per 1,000 end up at Codecademy and Udacity, the online coding course websites.
Summary of Country Rankings
In order to quantify how proactive a population is in terms of learning or improving coding skills independently, our analysis included three categories of data: online coding courses, Q&A communities and challenges. We then ranked 35 European countries according to these factors.
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Online Coding Course Sites: Codecademy & Udacity
To compare how many people in each country are interested in learning new coding skills by taking an online coding course, we analysed organic monthly search traffic by country for Codecademy and Udacity, two leading online coding course providers. In addition to introductory classes, these sites offer courses on data science, computer science, app development, web development, etc. Users can gain skills in Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, and more programmes in order to become more competitive in the global job market.
The data showed that more people in the United Kingdom land on Codecademy and Udacity due to their organic searches than in other countries, with 2.9 visits to these sites per 1,000 people each month, followed by Sweden (2.6 visits per 1,000 people), Denmark (2.4), Ireland (2.0) and Norway (2.0).
|Rank||Country||Codecademy Organic Traffic||Udacity Organic Traffic||Population (thousands)||Traffic per 1,000 People|
For comparison sake, Europe lags behind the US. In America, there were 4.2 monthly visits per 1,000 to Codecademy and Udacity, 44% higher than in the UK. In Canada and Australia, there were 2.3 and 2.6 visits per 1,000 people, respectively, each month.
Community Q&A: Stack Overflow
To quantify how people expand their existing coding knowledge and further existing expertise we analysed organic search traffic by country for Stack Overflow, the most robust and dedicated Q&A site for professional and enthusiast programmers. In a field that consistently moves forward and changes, cutting-edge developers are continually learning and sharing the knowledge with others in this rich environment. The data shows that more organic searches (presumably about coding) lead people to Stack Overflow in the UK than any other country.
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Looking beyond Europe, residents of the US, Canada and Australia visited Stack Overflow 42.06, 15.09 and 14.8 times a month, respectively, per 1,000 people.
Challenges: Hackerrank, Code Wars, Kaggle and HackerEarth
Experienced coders can advance their skills, boost their resumes and even earn cash prizes by competing in coding challenges. To find out which country has the most people eager to participate in coding challenges, we analysed organic traffic data from Hackerrank, Kaggle, CodeWars and HackerEarth. Slovenia won the coding challenges category, with 1 organic visit to a challenge site per 1,000 residents each month.
|Rank||Country||Hackerrank Organic Monthly Traffic||Kaggle Organic Monthly Traffic||CodeWars Organic Monthly Traffic||HackerEarth Organic Monthly Traffic||Challenge Traffic per 1,000 People|
For reference, there were 2.04 monthly visits per 1,000 people to these challenge sites from the United States, and 0.93 in Canada, 0.92 in Australia followed by 0.78 in India.
In order to get an idea of the proactive nature of a country's population when it comes to learning and developing coding skills, we used estimates of organic traffic volumes to two prominent coding course sites (Codecademy and Udacity), a Q&A community learning site (Stack Overflow) and 4 coding challenge sites (Hackerrank, Kaggle, CodeWars and HackerEarth).
Organic traffic leading to these global companies indicates relative levels of interest amongst the residents of each country to refine their skills. To adjust for different population sizes across the 35 countries in our study, we standardized the traffic results by dividing the traffic by each country's population, using the latest World Bank figures. The organic traffic data estimates were obtained from Ahrefs.