Rankings of most difficult to hire positions remain relatively consistent.
Heading into 2015, the five most difficult positions to fill with exceptional talent in declining order from the top position were programmers and developers, software engineers, architects, project managers and security experts. At the end of March 2015, security leapt to the top (No. 5 to No. 1), pushing down programmers and developers (No. 1 to No. 2) and software engineers (No. 2 to No. 3). Project managers remained in the No. 4 spot, while BI rose from No. 7 to No. 5.
Heading into 2015, the five least difficult roles to fill with exceptional talent, in declining order, were Big Data analytics (No. 8), help desk/technical support (No. 9), cloud (No. 10), mobile (No. 11) and social technology (No. 12). While the ranking order shifted slightly, these remained consistent at the end of March 2015, with mobile (No. 8), help desk/technical support (No. 10), cloud (No. 11) and social technology (No. 12) still in the bottom five. Business analysts (dropped from No. 6 to No. 9) displaced Big Data analytics (rose from No. 8 to No. 7) in the bottom five.
Findings: The positions that fluctuated the most in terms of difficulty of finding exceptional talent were security (rose from No. 5 to No. 1), mobile (increased from No. 11 to No. 8), architects (dropped from No. 3 to No. 6) and business analysts (dropped from No. 6 to No. 9).
TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, recently released the results of its quarterly IT “Reality Check,” a survey that compares current market conditions on the state of spending, skill needs and impact areas originally reported in the company’s Annual IT Forecast released in December 2014. The most recent survey represents the views of more than 300 IT leaders (CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors, IT hiring managers) as of March 2015.
Overall, industry leader expectations and trends remained relatively consistent throughout Q1. The one exception was in hiring expectations. Both full-time and contingent hiring is expected to increase in Q2 of this year.
This slideshow features highlights from the survey.