Tech Companies Need Cloud Architects, BI Specialists
IT hiring is on the rise, with new research showing enterprise and cloud architects being the most in-demand positions.
According to the just-released IT Executive Outlook survey from TEKsystems , more than one-third of IT leaders are planning to add employees, both contingent and permanent, over the next three months.
Of those expecting to increase their head count, 15 percent are planning growth of more than 5 percent.
Jason Hayman, TEKsystems market research analyst, said more and more IT executives are turning to a hiring model that includes more temporary workers , because it simplifies work force planning as the projects they work on have a finite start and end date.
"An organization can augment its teams appropriately without assuming the fixed costs associated with permanent hires," Hayman said in a statement.
Continuing a trend seen over the first three quarters of 2011, the survey found that enterprise architects, cloud architects, business intelligence specialists and security specialists are the positions that IT leaders are having the most trouble filling.
"Enterprise and cloud architects, along with other business-oriented IT roles, are becoming increasingly tougher to fill because they require a great deal of experience and business acumen — and the demand for these skills outpaces supply," Hayman said. "It is critical to proactively implement human capital management strategies to attract and retain these individuals."
In addition to adding employees, the surveyed IT leaders said they plan to increase spending on infrastructure and applications services over the next three months.
"Organizations are investing in infrastructure and application-based initiatives like cloud computing, business intelligence, social media and mobility," Hayman said. "These initiatives drive spending because they not only promise to lower costs and boost efficiency; they also offer potential for new products, services and customer markets."
The research, conducted by TEKsystems in conjunction with the Inavero Institute, was based on surveys of more than 2,100 IT executives, managers and directors from all industries, regions and company sizes.