Recruiting in a time of skills shortages

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“Which IT skills are most in demand?” is a key question and one that the ARM Technology team has been asking its clients recently.

The Government’s digitalisation programme is driving business transformation and many companies are following suit – to speed up their processes, save money and give them a competitive advantage through their new agility.

ARM Technology's research found that companies’ IT staffing needs are changing, as business transformation projects drive the need for people with cross domain skills – especially for technological skills with complementary business management experience.

Big data

Big data is big news and businesses require people who can create meaning from their data mountain. Big data isn’t new and companies such as Tesco and Amazon have been manipulating their consumer data for years to learn from and capitalise on buyers’ behaviour. But now this process has a name, it’s growing in popularity and we are currently seeing huge demand for Data Analysts with skills including Hadoop. The concern is that, with any industry boom, will there be enough skilled candidates? And if there aren’t, what impact a brain drain of candidates choosing to work for the highest bidder will have on the UK’s economy and its ability to innovate.

Making a move

If you’re actively looking for a new job and your IT skills are in demand, securing a job offer can be relatively easy – the difficult bit is deciding which offer to take when you have several on the table. The fact that there’s such a big demand for candidates with IT skills is why it’s such an exciting time for my team. We concentrate on building long-standing relationships with a niche network and proactively sourcing candidates – taking the pain out of competing for active candidates, removing the price war and getting new starters in place to satisfy the needs of the companies that we work with.

The future for IT workers

Will the demand for Project Managers and Data Analysts continue for the foreseeable future? Or will new emergent technologies drive a new and ever-increasing demand for workers of the future – those with skills bridging multiple domains and a love for agile and flexibility working practices?