Thursday, 17 September 2015 00:03

Growth ahead for IT, but skills shortages cloud the market

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The IT market is set to experience significant growth in the coming months in key sectors, but despite the growth forecast the industry is facing the challenges of a skills shortage, according to predictions by one major Australian ICT recruiter.

According to recruitment firm Greythorn managing director, Richard Fischer, all signs point towards a skills shortage, particularly within the areas of Cloud Computing and Mobility Solutions.

“Demand for these roles is fed by the boom in the digital and mobile sector over the next twelve months as many organisations plan to carry out user experience, online and transformation projects,” Fischer said.

And, Greythorn’s survey reveals that the rise in digital projects has led to a demand not only for general cloud computing professionals, but also DevOps consultants, while over the past year, there has been a large number of infrastructure upgrades within universities and this is set to continue over the next 12 months.

Fischer says there is also significant work with consulting firms offering the latest technology within DevOps and cloud based solutions, while demand for candidates in this area is high, and “skills remain quite scarce.”

According to Greythorn, IT skills in demand are also being driven by banks as they seek to build internal digital teams and it says additional demand in the financial services sector will be driven by the implementation of the New Payments Platform (NPP), which is set to shape and change the sector quite substantially.

The demand for Big Data professionals grows as we see advanced analytics become more
ingrained in the Australian business landscape. The financial services, retail and telecommunications sectors are expected to activate analytics projects they have been planning for some time.

In particular, Greythorn report it is seeing an increased demand in UI and UX Developers, Business Analysts, Regulatory and Compliance Business Analysts and Project Managers and Credit Risk & Market Risk Specialists, along with increased demand for those with Agile experience, as well as DevOps capabilities.

Architecture professionals are also in high demand currently and Greythorn says this looks set to continue over the coming year – with these roles in line with the top five skills in demand over the coming 12 months as shown by the survey.

Survey respondents named Cloud Computing, Mobility Solutions, Mobile Apps, Information Systems Security and Big Data as the skills to watch in the coming 12 months.

And, Greythorn says that, interestingly, Business Intelligence has dropped off the list of top IT skills in demand this year, after being the third most sought after skill in 2014.

Here’s the top in demand roles for 2015-16, as reported by Greythorn:

1.    ReactJS /Angular (2.0) Developers

2.    UX/Experience Designers

3.    DevOps & Automation Engineers

4.    Process & Change Analysts

5.    Agile/Digital Business Analysts, Project Managers and Scrum Masters

6.    Full Stack Developersrs (.Net/Java/Rails/Clojure/Scala/Groovy/PHP)

7.    Business Intelligence & Data Analytics Consultants

8.    Mobile Applications Specialists/Developers

9.    Security Consultants

10.    Cloud and Enterprise Specialists


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