Demand for IT professionals is changing, significantly spurred on by the growth of small digital start-up firms. In addition, large established companies are recognising the necessity of having a highly effective IT function to provide vital strategic insights and ensure data security.
Robert Walters partnered with Jobsite to survey over 700 senior IT professionals in the Technology & Recruitment - The Landscape for 2017 Survey. The results highlight that 47% of senior IT professionals expect hiring volumes to increase in 2017.
Following the survey, we spoke with Darryn Warner, Chief Information Officer at Interserve Plc and Matt Hunt, CEO of Apadmi Enterprise about their thoughts on recruitment trends for the new year.
Download a full copy of Technology & Recruitment - The Landscape for 2017
Junior level professionals in demand
Employers are coming to recognise that developing a strong IT function is a long term investment and this is reflected in the high demand for junior professionals.
57% of those surveyed expect the number of staff hired at graduate or junior levels to increase this year, compared to just 17% expecting volumes of senior managers or directors to increase.
Cyber security is vital
Over half (54%) of professionals said that they expect cyber security professionals to see the highest spike in demand.
Darryn Warner, from Interserve plc, reaffirms this, “Following recent high-profile leaks, increasing threats of fines, and the impending GDPR legislation cyber security is more important than ever. Professionals with these capabilities are real talents, and will be hard to retain because of the increasing importance of their skill set." Following recent high-profile leaks, increasing threats of fines, and the impending GDPR legislation cyber security is more important than ever. Professionals with these capabilities are real talents, and will be hard to retain because of the increasing importance of their skill set.
Development and digital
Along with cyber security, development and digital continue to be a hot spots for growth, especially within the regions.
35% of professionals surveyed expected higher growth in these areas than in 2016. According to the survey, development and digital professionals will be higher in demand than infrastructure, CRM and project management professionals amongst other areas.
Although professionals will be in demand, the profile of a top-talent digital developer has changed.
Matt Hunt, from Apadmi, comments, “Six or seven years ago development was very straightforward. Professionals were working on one type of project. Fast forward to today and there are so many different types of tech, not just apps or software. IT becomes about developing ways to merge new tech with user experiences, business processes and integration.”
He continues, “Developers need to produce tech for people who’ve never worked with tech before. Because of this, companies will be looking at what their business needs long-term and what skills they need from their staff to reach those goals."
Big data and business intelligence are also becoming increasingly prominent areas as employers come to recognise the high levels of ROI these functions offer.
Learn more and download a copy of Technology & Recruitment - The Landscape For 2017 to view the full survey results.
For more information about the Technology & Recruitment campaign, or for a confidential discussion about your career or hiring needs contact us today.