Computerworld’s recently released 2015 Forecast survey has offered key insights into the priorities and shifts within the IT sector and related job markets for the coming 12 months.
The poll asked 194 top IT executives across the USA about their strategic plans and expectations for 2015.
24% of the respondents 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.
The types 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.
Good IT Professionals in USA are Hard to Recruit
The unemployment rate for IT professionals was just under 3% in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And given that figure, many CIOs say they realize that finding talent will be a tough and time-consuming endeavor.
As enterprise vice president and CIO at HMS, Nustad is trying to fill a number of positions – including a Project Manager and Enterprise Architects. She says she has expanded the search nationwide, but it’s still taking months to find people for some positions.
“Our access to free-agent talent, it just doesn’t exist,” she says. “You’re gently poaching from others, and protecting your turf.”
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.
Hiring Important but Not a Priority
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.
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