As we approach the new year, you have to pause and reflect on your skills and how they can be applied to your continuing career in 2015. Some skills are less important as time goes by, and some are even more important in the new year. In an article by Mary K. Pratt, she helps us identify those skills that seem to be in big demand in the job market in 2015.
A healthy 24% of the respondents to Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast survey said that their companies plan to add more IT employees in the year ahead. While down from 32% and 33% in the previous two years, the fact that a number of employers still anticipate growth indicates that the prospects for expansion in the IT ranks are good.
Moreover, the kinds of technical skills in high demand are those needed for enterprises in expansion mode, suggesting that organizations are continuing to invest in their IT infrastructures.
“There are large initiatives [underway], and you have to have the people to get those done,” says Jason Hayman, market research manager at TEKsystems, an IT staffing and consulting firm.
Here’s a look at the 10 IT skills that the 194 IT executives who responded to our survey said will be most in demand heading into 2015.
- Programming/Application Development
- Project Management
- Help Desk/Technical Support
- Security/Compliance Governance
- Web Development
- Database Administration
- Business Intelligence/Analytics
- Mobile Applications and Device Management
- Big Data
According to Robert Half Technology’s Hiring Index survey, 61% of CIOs believe it’s very or somewhat challenging to find skilled IT professionals. The CIOs also reported that they expect to encounter the most difficulty filling positions in application development, networking and security. “There is certainly a supply-demand imbalance in some IT specialties,” says RHT executive director John Reed.
On the other hand, when asked about business priorities for the coming 12 months, only 20% of the respondents to Computerworld’s 2015 Forecast survey said that they consider attracting new talent a business priority. It ranked 10th on a list of 11 priorities for the upcoming year.
Some recruiters suggest that many hiring managers may be stuck in a recession-era mindset, thinking that experienced talent is easier to come by than it really is.