As more and more companies look to make technology and digital marketing a central part of their business, research has revealed professionals with advanced tech skills are being snapped up by savvy companies.
According to data from Robert Half Technology UK, 91% of CIOs are confident about their company’s likelihood to invest in IT projects in the next 12 months. Specifically, businesses are on the hunt for professionals to work with them on initiatives such as business intelligence and analytics, mobile solutions, application development, information risk and security and virtualisation.
Phil Sheridan, Managing Director, Robert Half Technology, commented: “It’s interesting that technology and innovation are seen as key tools for businesses to use for growth as the economy improves, and that this is reflected in both the number of IT projects planned and the nature of those projects – notably business intelligence and analytics, mobile solutions and application development.
Unfortunately the skills needed to service those projects are the ones in shortest supply. CIOs are likely to need to use a mixture of contract and permanent IT professionals in order to meet the demands of the business going forward.”
While CIOs expect to have a busy workload in the year ahead, they are concerned about finding the right type of tech professional, with 90% saying it is ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ challenging to find industry specialists.
The scarcest skills of all are in software development (cited by 40% of CIOs), security (32%), networking (32%), applications development (24%) and data/database management (24%) – great news for any tech or digital marketing experts out there looking to get involved in advanced IT initiatives.