IT Industry Forecast: What to Expect in 2015

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Staffing - Programmers and Developers

Programming and developer positions remain the hardest to fill, while key operational IT skills can expect salary increases.

  • From 2013 to 2015, IT leaders have consistently agreed on the most difficult positions to fill. For the past three years, programmers and developers maintained the top spot. Software engineers gained one spot in each of the past two years and are now listed as the second-hardest role to fill. From 2014 to 2015, architects slid down the list one spot to No.3, while project managers and security positions each gained one spot to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • These roles will earn a salary increase; 54 percent of IT leaders predict higher salaries for programmers and developers and security experts, with similar expectations for software engineers (51 percent), project managers (49 percent) and architects (48 percent).

TEKsystems' Take: From 2014 to 2015, the percentage of IT leaders who expect to pay higher salaries for these skills decreased from an average of 67 percent to 51 percent. However, the majority still expect to make increases, reflecting an understanding of the role salary plays in recruiting and retaining talent with high-demand skill sets.

Despite the ups and downs in recent years, 2015 is poised to be a year of relative calm in IT, according to research from TEKsystems. While budget expectations remain relatively flat, confidence levels among IT departments in their ability to fulfill business needs are increasing. Critical business objectives in the coming year will focus on improving existing apps and infrastructure, improving efficiency and retaining talented staff members. Additionally, given the pervasive nature of data breaches in 2014, security is the top area of concern for 2015.

"It's easy to jump to the conclusion that the reduction in expected budget increases signifies a need to cut back and eliminate important projects, but in reality, IT leaders are simply looking to be more realistic about what they can do with their resources and plan accordingly," said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. "Rather than viewing the decrease in the rate of growth of spending as a reason to eliminate projects, IT leaders can instead use that information to implement sound talent management strategies in areas that are truly benefiting the business, and they can allocate resources to solidify those objectives."


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