Third-Quarter IT Reality Check – Budgets, Hiring, Trends

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Hard-to-Fill Jobs

Architects and developers continue to be the most difficult to hire, while project managers moved to the top of the most difficult to fill positions in Q3.

  • Only two skill-sets — developers and architects — placed consistently in the top five most difficult positions to fill with exceptional talent through three-quarters of 2014. Programming and application development has ranked anywhere from No. 1 to No. 4, and architects have ranked anywhere from No. 1 to No. 5.
  • Help desk/technical support, cloud and social media have consistently been the least difficult roles to fill with exceptional talent. In terms of difficulty in filling positions, help desk/technical support remained the eighth most difficult position to secure, while cloud has ranked from No. 7 to No. 10 most difficult, and social media has remained the least difficult position to fill.
  • The positions that fluctuated the most in terms of difficulty of finding exceptional talent were software engineers, project managers, and BI / Big Data. The project manager role has seen a steady increase from No. 10 most difficult to hire (end of March) to No. 5 (end of June) to No. 1 (end of September).

Recently, TEKsystems, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, released results from its quarterly "IT Realty Check," which compares current market conditions with the state of spending, skills needed and the impact areas originally reported in the company's "Annual IT Forecast" released in November 2013.

More than 62 percent of respondents in the 2014 forecast expected to see budget increases this year. In fact, only about 46 percent actually realized these increases, and 15 percent saw declines – three percent higher than expected. Additionally, IT leaders' confidence in their departments' ability to meet business demands has declined.  

Regarding employment, IT managers continue to have difficulty hiring qualified architects and developers, as well as project managers. And even though budgets have not increased as much as expected, IT hiring has continued on an upward swing, with managers expecting this trend to continue.

"The latest data shows some inconsistencies in what IT leaders are experiencing. They seem to have accepted that they will not see the budget increases they expected, and now as the year comes closer to an end, they are losing confidence in their ability to satisfy business demands," said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. "On the bright side, IT leaders have a good grasp on the IT trends that most impact their organizations and they anticipate an increase in hiring. The third quarter closed with an uptick in hiring for both full-time and temporary workers, indicating firms are likely staffing up to make a last push at fulfilling important business initiatives."


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