High Tech Job Trends

from the December 2010 Newsletter

Tech Job Demand

According to the new Salary Guide 2011, by Robert Half Technology, the majority of CIOs find that understaffing is interfering with their ability to implement new technologies and that it a challenge to find IT talent with the right skills. A rebound may occur as projects previously deferred or promising a high return on investment are rolled out. The report lists demands highest for these skill sets: programming, business analysis in concert with project management, ERP technological proficiency, security, infrastructure support, networking, and electronic medical records.

Certification

Certification is also highly regarded when it comes to hiring IT professionals; especially Cisco, Linux, Microsoft, and various project management and security certifications. Anyone working on a CompTIA lifetime certification should be aware that the policy changes after Dec 31, 2010. Starting in 2011, lifetime certifications will no longer be issued; certifications will be valid for 3-year periods.

HR Flexibility

Managing human resources during the downturn and now the recovery includes a greater degree of flexibility; more contract and temporary workers are a part of the mixture. This flexible approach is especially adapted to IT project roll outs, allowing companies the agility of an on-demand flow of labor, and savings in payroll, not to mention the opportunity to test drive candidates for long term positions.

Tech Salaries

The 2011 Salary Guide reports that IT salaries are going up in 2011, by an anticipated 1% (Systems Analysts) to 5.2% (ERP Technical Developer), and 5.5% (web designers).  Specific IT skills also will carry a premium, for example SharePoint skills garner an additional 11%; development skills in SAP, PHP, C#, and Business Objects skills reportedly merit an additional 8% over the average national salary.

Job Growth

The TechServe Alliance released its IT Employment Index and reported that “IT Employment Posts Strong Gains in October”. Growth in IT employment continues adding over 10,000 jobs, showing 2.2% increase on a year-over-year basis. “There can be no doubt that the number of IT jobs continues to grow vigorously despite an economic recovery that many are characterizing as anemic,” observed Mark Roberts, TechServe Alliance CEO.

Flexible freelance workers are also a part of the mix in marketing and creative departments. The most in demand positions for 2011 according to The Creative Group 2011 Salary Guide are UX Designers, Interactive Project Managers, Web Analysts and Designer/Developers, Mobile Applications D/Ds, Information Architects and Social Media Specialists.

References:

Robert Half Technology 2011 Salary Guide for technology professionals
The Creative Group 2011 Salary Guide
IT Employment Posts Strong Gains in October
Tech Firms Optimistic about 2011 Hiring

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