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IT - what employers want report: a glance into tech hiring

Posted David Brown, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Friday, Sep 25, 2015

IT Report Intro P1 GraphicI am thrilled to be launching our inaugural IT candidates guide, What Employers’ Want. Being as committed as we are to providing our candidates with the best opportunities in the marketplace, and providing our clients with the best IT professionals available, we wanted to provide our candidates insight into what employers are looking for. This guide looks at in-demand skill sets and areas of expertise, employers’ plans for hiring in the upcoming few months, and a snapshot of what employers are doing to attract top talent in a competitive market like IT in the US. Here’s an brief overview of our findings on skill and industry trends.

The US market is one of the most attractive IT staffing markets worldwide, and shows no signs of cooling as demand for experienced candidates continues to grow across the country.

Certain skills are driving business growth: security, mobile, web, database and software development. This is demonstrated by employer survey respondents, which 55% noted that they plan to increase business activity levels over the upcoming 6 to 12 months. Industries that are experiencing the multitude are: banking and financial services, telecommunications, not-for-profit, healthcare and insurance.

Employers across all of these industries, have plans to increase their IT headcount in the coming 3 to 6 months, both with full time and flex staff.

It’s an exciting time to be in IT in the US. The telecommunications industry is going through a change, where everything is going web based, creating new challenges and opportunities for IT staff.

Employers in the banking & financial services industry are focusing on anti-money laundering, reducing their risk portfolio, and working with sub-sects introducing mobile pay.

In the not-for-profit industry, as defense budgets continue to increase, investment in security is clearly the main area of focus.

In industries such as insurance, the internet is changing how service is being delivered, forcing these businesses to look at the user experience they are providing, moving a portion of their service offering to the online and mobile space.

Mobile continues to be a trending topic, and although not new, still only approximately 40% of businesses in the US have a mobile site, according to a recent TechCrunch report.

And finally, there is a large force driving big data projects. Companies are increasingly looking at ways to drive sales by harnessing data that they already have.

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