2022 State of the API Report

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APIs and the Future of Work

API investments to stay robust despite economic headwinds

Organizations' investment of time and resources into APIs will increase or stay the same over the next 12 months, said 89% of respondents. This forecast comes even as two out of three respondents globally described the current economy as "not so good" or "poor."

When we polled just executives, a similar level of confidence emerged. Across 1,400 respondents with C-suite titles, 87% of CEOs, 86% of CIOs, and 93% of CTOs predicted API investments would rise or remain steady in the coming year.

Invest more in APIs: 53%
Invest about same in APIs: 36%
Invest less in APIs: 11%

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%.

Tech takes dim view of economy

From mid-June to mid-July 2022, we asked API developers and professionals around the globe how they would describe the economy. Some two-thirds called it “not so good” or “poor.” Their assessment was partly validated when, a few weeks later, the US reported a second straight quarter of economic contraction. Here's how the views broke down from all survey takers:

Excellent: 6%
Good: 29%
Not so good: 47%
Poor: 19%

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%.

API professionals look past economic weakness

Despite respondents' dour assessment of the economy, they were optimistic about how their company would fare. We asked: "Given your description of the economy, how would you expect hiring, employee retention, and internal spending to be affected at your organization in the next 12 months?"

More than 70% said they expected all three business metrics to increase or stay the same. The sentiment was even brighter at the executive level. At least 76% of CEOs, CIOs, and CTOs predicted hiring, retention, and internal spending would rise or remain steady.

Increase
No change
Decrease

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%.

API-first companies have greater business confidence

Is there a correlation between an API-first approach and an upbeat business outlook? Signs point to yes. API-first leaders were 35% more likely to forecast an increase in hiring over the coming year than respondents ranking themselves lowest in API-first. API-first leaders were also about 50% likelier to predict a rise in employee retention and internal spending.

API-first
API-last

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%.

Remote work is “very important” to a majority of tech sector

Remote work is “very important,” according to 72% of developers and API professionals. And some 68% said they expect to work from home at least four days a week in the coming year. The preference for remote work comes as many employers negotiate a return to the office that has encountered resistance.

Across the globe, regions valued remote work differently. Asia-Pacific ranked it the lowest, with just 61% of local respondents calling it “very important.” In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, 72% of survey takers assigned it that label.

North American respondents were the second-likeliest to call remote work “very important” at 78%. And Latin American respondents prized remote work the most, at 82%.

Global
US and Canada
Europe, Midddle East, and Africa
Asia-Pacific
Latin America

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%.

Many expect to work from home every day

In a given work week, how often do tech professionals expect to work from home in the coming 12 months? Globally, some 43% of respondents said they anticipate working remotely every day. A further 15% expected to work from home four days a week. Only 5% of survey takers anticipated no remote work.

Every day: 43%
4 days a week: 15%
3 days a week: 18%
2 days a week: 11%
1 day a week: 7%
Never: 5%

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%.