Wednesday, February 4, 2015

RHT: IT Trends Suggest 2015 Will Be a Great Year for Tech Pros

by Robert Half Technology
February 2, 2015

San Francisco is one of five cities that will be hiring the most IT pros in the first half of 2015.
It’s looking like many of the same IT trends observed in 2014 will continue in 2015.
Research for Robert Half Technology’s 2015 Salary Guide suggests that many employers will need to staff big data, mobile, and security initiatives next year, which will drive hiring for IT pros with these skill sets.

A recent survey by Robert Half Technology found that many chief information officers (CIOs) do plan to ramp up their hiring for the first half of 2015. But 67 percent of CIOs surveyed also said they expect to have a “somewhat challenging” or “very challenging” quest to find qualified IT talent. Of course, this is positive news for skilled technical professionals who plan to look for a new job in the year ahead.
What will be the hottest jobs?

Tech positions that will see the biggest increases in starting compensation in 2015, according to theRobert Half Technology Salary Guide, include:
  • Mobile application developer (10.2 percent)
  • Data security analyst (7.4 percent)
  • Network architect (5.5 percent)
  • Big data engineer (9.3 percent)
  • Senior web developer (6.8 percent)
Why these jobs, in particular? IT jobs are becoming more complex, requiring professionals to understand multiple platforms, languages or software. Huge amounts of data require specialized analytics and interpretation, and the increasing threat of security breaches means these jobs are becoming indispensable to the business.

While technology salaries are projected to rise next year, many companies are recognizing that they need to do more than offer a competitive compensation package to recruit and retain top talent. Organizations are finding that they need to offer an innovative workplace where the best talent can drive real business value.
What skills will be most in demand?
Those jobs may be on fire in terms of salaries but the most highly sought-after skills for the first half of 2015 are predicted to be network administration, desktop support and Windows administration. While IT trends like big data, mobile and security may be on the tips of everyone’s tongues, they all depend on having a rock-solid network and server room on the backend. Computing has invaded every corner of the workplace so it is no wonder that organizations need a wealth of skill in keeping their teams up and running.
Where will the jobs be?
Breaking down the CIO survey into top cities, the five locations that are expected to be most active in IT hiring during the first half of 2015 are San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Des Moines. It is no surprise to see San Francisco, Houston, and Dallas on the list; California and Texas have had traditionally strong IT hiring. Database management is the most in-demand skill among these cities—except for Dallas, where network administration tops the list.

2015 should be another strong year for IT professionals. Whether you are in a specialist role such as big data engineer or mobile developer or a more generalist position like a Web developer or desktop support, the high demand for your skill set will have a positive influence on your career.

For more details on IT trends, check out the Robert Half Technology 2015 Salary Guide.

— Robert Half Technology

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