Half of employers anticipate shortages of IT professionals

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Research from Robert Walters has found almost half of employers expect to face skills shortages when looking to recruit IT professionals in the second half of the year.

Aiding this is the belief from almost 30% of employers that Britain’s decision to leave European Union will compound skill shortages.

“Many employers also expect the existing pressure on talent pools to be exacerbated by Britain’s decision to leave the EU,” said Wayne Bennett, Manager at Robert Walters.

Key skills in demand

Demand for IT professionals has increased significantly over the past few years, with a broad range of industries looking for specialist skills sets.

“Cyber security, e-commerce specialists and web designers and engineers have all found themselves in a favourable position when looking to secure a new role, with their skills in high demand,” continued Bennett.

Specialists in cloud computing, particularly those with a background in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, are also becoming more sought after as businesses review alternative strategies for data storage.

Need for mid-level professionals

73% of businesses plan to recruit for mid-level professionals in the second half of the year, meaning that IT specialists at this level are likely to see the highest demand for their skills.

Mid-level IT security professionals with strong technical abilities, commercial acumen and the ability to work with key stakeholders are particularly in demand. 

Mid-level IT security professionals with strong technical abilities, commercial acumen and the ability to work with key stakeholders are particularly in demand from financial services firms.

Bennett continued, “new regulations scheduled to be implemented in 2018 are creating high demand for IT specialists among employers as they look to review and overhaul their security systems and strategies.”

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