The demand for developers shows no sign of slowing down, and now talent agencies representing developers are beginning to crop up. Michael Solomon, who co-founded a talent agency for programmers called 10x, explained, "We modeled the company very much after a Hollywood or music talent agency. We believe these people are incredibly talented and undervalued and being exploited."
Solomon adds that hiring an agent makes the most sense for freelancers who work on several short-term contracts during the year. The agency co-founder was originally a client, and "in a very short amount of time we increased his rate by 50 percent and took all of the stuff he hated doing off his plate," Solomon said.
Other experts say that working with a recruiter, who gets paid by the employer not the employee, may be a better option for developers looking for long-term, full-time positions.