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Hot Tech Skills

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, February 07, 2017/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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This year employers can expect competition for technology talent with high-demand skills to reach an all-time high. According to a recent Computerworld survey, employers across all industries are expected to increase their IT head count within the next 12 months, with specific focus on these five key skills and roles:

Programming/Application Development

Developers and programmers continue to be leading players in the IT world. Hiring managers indicate programming and application development as the top skills they will be seeking in the upcoming year.

Help Desk/Technical Support

Help desk staff remains in high demand because technology is so pervasive. Even though support technician is sometimes seen as an entry-level position, companies often require candidates have broad knowledge of different hardware and software systems so they can handle requests from all over the organization.

Security/Compliance/Governance

Employers realize the need for all IT staffers to have security proficiencies so infrastructure and data security become routine parts of everyone's duties. Focusing on this area will strengthen the organization's security posture.

Business Intelligence/Analytics

There has been a huge surge in the number of organizations harnessing the power of data. Healthcare companies have put a particularly high premium on BI and analytics, but the insurance, financial services industries, retail sector, and other industries are also driving demand for these specialists.

Web Development

The internet is the vehicle organizations use to connect employees, clients, partners, and customers; so it's not surprising that the job of web developer remains a staple in the IT team, and that talented web developers continue to be in demand even as companies add social and mobile platforms to their portfolios. Employers are particularly interested in technologists skilled in front-end development, so they are searching for people with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript expertise.

Employers looking to expand their IT staff in these key areas should expect longer lead-times to find quality candidates, as well as be prepared to offer more in salary and benefits than they have in the past.

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Pete Langlois
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Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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