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Top 10 IT Skills in Demand in 2016

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It will come as no surprise to hear that the 2016 IT Market globally is “hot”. In fact, it’s ‘white hot’.  Salaries are increasing, employee turnover is ‘on the up’, the classic post-recession candidate move towards Contractor status is in full swing – and, as always, we have ever-present core skill shortages, verging on the acute.

At Resource Central, our sourcing and resourcing team are working on a number of IT recruiting projects globally – and we’ve seen a particular growth in our US and UK based Campaign RPO Services as companies look to deliver a tranche of IT skills in an intense 3-month period. But what are the jobs we’re seeing ‘exceptional’ demand in?
Broadly-speaking, our experience matches the results of Computerworld‘s Forecast 2016 survey, which suggested that companies face stiff competition for top talent: 37% of the 182 organisations who responded to the survey said they plan to increase head count in the upcoming year (that’s a significant jump from last year, when only 24% said they planned to add new staff). Moreover, 24% of those polled this year listed “attracting new talent” as first among their business priorities for the next 12 months.

Here are the 10 skills on track to be most in demand, according to those who participated Computerworld‘s Forecast 2016 survey.

1. IT Architecture

* 42% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

The term “IT architect” encompasses a wide range of specialists, from enterprise architects to cloud architects, so recruiters say it makes sense that IT architecture expertise is in demand as companies move forward with all sorts of technology-driven projects.

 

2. Programming/Application Development

* 40% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Despite fears that programming expertise is a commodity that can be obtained cheaply offshore, programming and application development continue to be among the most sought-after skills in enterprise IT.

Demand for Programmers and Developers is springing up in new areas, too, thanks to the rise of Mobile and the emergence of the ‘Internet of Things’. As an example, in the Automotive industry, some cars now come off the assembly line with a million lines of code – and this is just one evidence of how programming’s footprint is widening

 

3. Project Management

* 39% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

With almost half (46%) of the Forecast survey respondents expecting their technology spending to increase in 2016, it’s no surprise that project management remains a top five skill: More spending means more projects — and that means more people will be needed to manage those projects.

 

4.  Big Data

* 36% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

The surge in interest in using data to drive business has pushed demand for big data skills from No. 10 in last year’s Forecast report to No. 4 today. Moreover, in the Forecast 2016 survey, big data/analytics was No. 1 on the list of technologies that survey respondents said they were currently beta-testing or using in pilot projects, with 23% saying they were engaged in such initiatives.

 

5. Business Intelligence/Analytics

* 34% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Holding steady in the top 10 skills list is another data-related area of specialization: BI and analytics.

 

6. Help Desk/Technical Support

* 30% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

The recruiting model for Help Desk/Technical Support seems to be to find prospects recently graduated from college/university (people with a well-rounded education) in the belief that if candidates have ‘natural’ customer service skills and the ability to communicate, companies can then educate them on the tech skills.

 

7. Database Administration

* 25% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Demand for Database Administrators remains high thanks to the ever-increasing interest in big data, BI and analytics. Employers want people with extensive backgrounds in database administration and a deep understanding of data reporting tools and technologies such as Oracle, SQL, DB2 and Hadoop.

 

8.  Security/Compliance/Governance

* 25% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Although security expertise slipped from No. 4 on last year’s list of the 10 hottest tech skills, make no mistake about its importance: Security professionals are in demand and can command high salaries. Exactly 50% of those who participated in our Forecast 2016 survey said they plan to increase spending on security technologies in the next 12 months, and security was No. 2 among the most important IT projects that respondents have underway. Compensation for security pros keeps going up because demand for talented people is strong, and because security specialists play a critical role in most organizations.

 

9. Cloud/SaaS

* 25% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months.

Research firm IDC predicts that more than half of enterprise IT infrastructure and software investments will be cloud-based by 2018. Specifically, spending on public cloud services will grow to more than £100 billion by 2018, according to an IDC forecast report.

 

10.  Web Development

* 24% of respondents with hiring plans said they will be seeking people with this skill in the next 12 months. * Last year’s ranking: No. 5

Web development continues to crack the Computerworld Forecast list of the top 10 most in-demand IT skills because organisations have come to rely heavily on the Web as a channel for connecting with customers, clients, partners and employees since they built their first websites a decade or two ago, IT leaders say. While they don’t need Web developers to establish a Web presence anymore, they do need people with the ability to ensure that their sites are open and ready for business.

So IT Recruitment will continue to remain a tough recruiting market and salaries will continue to go up with demand. A further ‘dark cloud’ is that in Europe we’re seeing a slow down of the East to West talent migration that helped ease the skill shortage in the western economies – leading to an equivalent increase in the growth of BPO IT functions in the Central & Eastern Europe Regions.

 

Are there any ‘silver linings’? In our experience, the way to fulfil your requirements remains hiring an expert recruitment team with the dedicated resource to deliver an agreed planned yet intense activity, be it shortlisting candidates for you or engaging with the candidates to gauge interest and ‘fit’.   

 

 

 

Resource Central is a unique people engagement and resourcing solutions service firm. Created from the focus and desire of its founders. We are all experts from the Job Board, HR Communications and Recruiting industry, bringing a wealth of expertise and knowledge of specialist and large corporate campaign hiring projects across the recruiting markets of Europe.

Keith @ Resource Central
Candidate Experience Leader @ Resource Central Ltd
Worked in the Publishing, Media and Recruiting industry for over 30 years. Founder of the HR magazine 'Personnel Today', spent 10 years in senior roles for two major Recruitment Advertising Agencies. COO of Totaljobs .com; one of the industry’s original global JB businesses. This experience brings a multi-channel thinking to any geo-local Talent & HR business need.

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Keith @ Resource Central
Candidate Experience Leader @ Resource Central Ltd
Worked in the Publishing, Media and Recruiting industry for over 30 years. Founder of the HR magazine 'Personnel Today', spent 10 years in senior roles for two major Recruitment Advertising Agencies. COO of Totaljobs .com; one of the industry’s original global JB businesses. This experience brings a multi-channel thinking to any geo-local Talent & HR business need.