State of IT 2015: Mid-Year Check-In

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Security professionals and architects identified as the most difficult to hire.

  • Security professionals, programmers and developers, software engineers and project managers remained in the top five most difficult positions to fill in the first half of 2015. Compared to the beginning of the year, security professionals rose from No. 5 to No. 1 (maintaining its top ranking achieved in Q1), architects rose from No. 3 to No. 2 (after briefly falling out of the top five in Q1), programmers and developers fell from No. 1 to No. 3 (coming in at No. 2 in Q1), software engineers fell from No. 2 to No. 4 (coming in at No. 3 in Q1) and project managers dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 (coming in at No. 4 in Q1).
  • Since the beginning of 2015, social technology experts, mobile, cloud and help desk / technical support ranked as less difficult positions to fill. The only skill set to rise out of the five least difficult positions to fill since the beginning of the year was Big Data analytics (rising from No. 8 to No. 6), while business analysts fell to the bottom five (from No. 6 to No. 9).

Findings: In terms of overall change in ranking since the beginning of the year, security professionals made the biggest jump, rising four spots, while business analysts fell three spots.

A fundamental shift has been taking place in IT departments across the country over the past several years. Today's IT department plays a far more significant role in an organization's bottom line than ever before, and must align itself to provide the services that will support the business and end users alike. Even with these increased demands, though, IT departments have been challenged with smaller budgets and staffing shortages.

With the economy continuing to show signs of improvement, we may be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. 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 240 IT leaders (CIOs, IT VPs, IT directors and IT hiring managers) as of June 2015.


Related Topics : A Big Market for Big Data Jobs, Midmarket CIO, IT Management Automation, SharePoint, Technology Markets

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