In today’s economic climate, jobs are tough to find. The IT sector, however, is thriving, according to reports from the employment website Monster. The company recently surveyed 200 employers active in that field and found that IT jobs are on the rise. Monster VP Jeffery Quinn explains that the opportunities for those with skills in this area remain stable. At the same time, there are plenty of candidates out there, too. Monster’s survey produced some interesting facts about the future of IT employment.
Get Them While They’re Hot
The Monster survey showed a definite increase in IT jobs over the next 60 days. Eighty-two percent of the respondents stated that they are very likely to seek IT candidates during this period. Sixty percent of those companies are looking to add to staff– not just fill open slots. The growing staff accommodates company expansion as well. Larger companies mean more overall jobs on the market.
The Power of the Database
Seventy-two percent of employers surveyed state that hiring IT staff will help them create new applications throughout the company, including databases. Fifty-eight percent said that database analysis and development are at the top of their to-do lists. That is one reason for the increased interested in IT professionals.
Finding IT Talent
There is no concern about finding the right people to fill these slots, according to Monster. Forty-nine percent felt that finding talented professionals would not be a problem, although they may face a skills gap. Seventy percent of respondents indicated that the number of qualified candidates could be higher: 53 percent claimed that the job pool is smaller than expected.
Specialization is the key. Fifty-two percent of employers say that general IT professionals lack the specialized skills they need to meet their goals. Those who do have the qualifications look for more money. Fifty-two percent claim those with the necessary talent are seeking higher compensation.
The downside of the IT industry is outsourcing. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed report that they believe outsourcing IT projects to other countries is the answer to filling their needs. Plunket Research reports that employers in the United States, Japan, and Western Europe utilize this practice for knowledge-based work in order to take advantage of the lower wages offered in areas such as India.
For those IT professionals who anticipate looking for work in the next coming months, there should be plenty. New York, Washington, D.C, and Boston offer the best markets for IT.