Even with the economy still in a slow recovery, companies continue to make measured IT investments both in technology resources and employees. Monster recently surveyed employers who hire IT professionals and found a majority of them were likely to hire in the next 60 days.
Their hiring activity is primarily being driven by staff increases (60%) and company expansion (45%).
The surveyed employers, which included small and large employers, reported that their current focus areas were IT roles that supported aligning business and technology goals. These roles include application development (72%), database analysis and development (58%), web design/development (57%), networking (56%), and business intelligence/analytics (55%).
The survey revealed that nearly half (49%) of employers were confident in their ability to find the talent they need for these roles, but some hiring challenges remain, including a skills gap. Seventy percent of employers reported that the number of qualified candidates available to fill all the opportunities was smaller than the total opportunities. Furthermore, 52% of employers reported that many of these technical roles are increasingly defined by highly specific skills, further limiting the number of qualified candidates.
Those surveyed said they believed that academic training was not enough (40%) but certifications provided an advantage (85%). Employers also reported that qualifications beyond technical skills are critical to the assessment of IT talent included; among them: communication skills, personality/cultural fit, type of work experience and interpersonal skills.
What does this mean for employers and workers? The demand for IT expertise remains relatively stable with employers confident that they will look to fill these types of roles in the near-term. On the job seeker side, the IT jobs viewed on Monster see millions of views each month, indicating high interest by, if not volume of potential candidates seeking employment in this field.
Here are the top occupations and markets for IT jobs by volume*
Top 10 Occupations
- Software Developers, Applications
- Web Developers
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Computer User Support Specialists
- Information Technology Project Managers
- Computer Programmers
- Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
- Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
- Database Administrators
Top 10 Markets for IT
- New York
- Washington DC
- Los Angeles
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- San Francisco
- San Jose
Monster’s study “Recruiting for IT Talent” surveyed 200 SMB to enterprise level employers who expect to recruit information technology talent in the next 12 months via an online survey. The study was designed to be representative of all Monster employers who have actively used Monster products and services over the past 18 months. The IT-related survey, part of an ongoing series that gauges employer opinion on recruitment, ran from January 17, 2013 – February 5, 2013.