One of the biggest issues facing the industry right now is an apparent IT talent shortage. The appearance of a talent shortage could lead to some companies paying mightily for technical talent. Here’s a tip: That’s not always a bad idea! But, knowing what IT skills are worth paying for is critical to leveraging your IT talent investment. To understand what skills are worth the price, let’s take a look at some of the driving technical trends impacting IT staffing as we head into 2014:
Mobile – Mobile app development and HTML 5 are still driving areas of interest within the IT industry. They were strong in 2013, and they’ll continue to be even stronger in 2014. With the continued domination of iOS, experienced developers are worth the investment. Android and Windows developers are also gaining.
Security – The hottest IT trend right now is undoubtedly security – data, mobile, and application security (among others) are a driving force and will continue to be in 2014. Many companies are also trying to work out how to provide their employees with more access on their smartphones, tablets and other devices. BYOD is an area that is continuing to grow but is also fraught with security concerns.
Identifying the IT talent to pay for in 2014 – So, we’ve got the key IT skills you should pay for in 2014, but here’s what you should look for before hiring for the IT skills I mentioned above:* Exposure to multiple environments. Security is changing at such a fast rate, IT talent with exposure to multiple environments is likely to be more agile and can adapt to this rapidly-evolving field. In my experience, that’s where the value of IT contractors comes in – by definition, they work within a range of environments and are exposed to the latest technologies. Their perspective is invaluable within dynamic fields like security. Adaptability. For several years now, I’ve been talking about the importance of adaptability in IT talent. Truly invaluable IT pros are able to quickly adapt to new technologies and those that are changing rapidly. It’s incredibly easy to get left behind in today’s IT landscape with the rapid pace of evolution in the hottest areas. IT talent that is truly engrossed and passionate about the industry will provide you with the ambition and IT skills needed to drive short- and long-term results.
Don’t make this mistake hiring IT talent in 2014 – Perhaps my most important advice when it comes to paying for IT skills in 2014 is to watch the marketplace carefully. As these technologies go up and down, the contractor rates will fluctuate just as rapidly quarter by quarter, depending on the demand for specific IT skills. With the hottest trends, you may notice a disparate fluctuation in rates from provider to provider – it’s important to pay attention so that you can maximize your IT talent investment. I think this is where a trusted IT staffing provider can make a significant impact on your ROI. Staying on top of trends and providing you with precisely the right resources at a reasonable rate are the job of your IT staffing partner – a partnership that can be invaluable during this current state of fluctuation. What other skills are you searching for in IT talent for 2014? I invite you to keep the conversation going in the comments section below.
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