IT skills in hot demand, says survey

by L&D03 Feb 2016
L&D Professional recently reported that young Australians are among the least confident around the world of their technical skills, according to Infosys.

Indeed, less than a fifth of the people surveyed had a desire to develop data skills, build mobile apps or learn how to code.

This research is backed up by the fact that vast majority of Australian CTOs/CIOs are finding it hard to find skilled IT and technology professionals today, according to specialist recruiter Robert Half.

In fact, 87% are concerned about losing their top IT and technology performers this year, while 93% find it challenging to find skilled IT and technology professionals.
Additionally, 48% will expand their technology teams in the first half (Jan-June) of 2016.
The top reasons for increasing the IT headcount include business growth or expansion (54%), new projects/initiatives (43%), product/service expansion (38%) and IT risk and security (33%), according to Australian CIOs/CTOs.

There are several opportunities for IT top professionals in today’s job market and candidates with niche skills are finding themselves in demand, said David Jones, Senior Managing Director Asia Pacific of Robert Half.  

“Technology advancements are driving business change, delivering growth and innovation across multiple sectors, prompting the need for additional IT talent. There is therefore a continued demand for specialist IT roles which is set to continue in 2016,” Jones said.

“More and more professionals are therefore looking for new challenges, and companies understand that they have to engage in the ‘war for talent’ to find and recruit top talent.

“Staff retention is a top priority for businesses today. The cost of replacing a skilled employee extends beyond the monetary aspect.

"Employers recognise that retaining key IT staff who have strong corporate knowledge and fit the culture of the company must be a priority if they want a competitive edge.”


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