​Demand for niche IT skills to surge

​Demand for niche IT skills to surge

But finding candidates with a strong combination of soft skills remains difficult

Companies are after IT workers with experience in cloud technologies, migrating physical infrastructure to virtual servers, security, and DevOps with demand for niche tech skills set to surge this year.

The latest Hays Quarterly Report has found that IT is a sector to watch with demand outstripping supply in many areas and employers are more willing than ever to recruit based on cultural fit.

Peter Noblet, senior regional director at Hays Information Technology, said Australia’s IT sector is enjoying a much higher profile after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s $1 billion innovation initiatives, as well as a number of high profile Australian technology successes on the global stage.

“We are also seeing a spike in the number of organisations of all types, leveraging technology to create or manage transformational change as well as more non-tech departments learning how to use the latest technology to help them perform tasks in new ways,” he said.

Noblet said there’s also been a significant increase in permanent roles within the project services space as employers recognise the value of retaining project delivery expertise and investing in internal teams to deliver business and technology projects.

“Given all this, candidates in greatest demand have solid technical skills and strong soft skills that enable them to engage proactively and successfully with non-technical stakeholders.

As a result, more employers are making cultural fit the deciding factor when choosing candidates, believing that technical skills can be acquired if candidates have the right attitude and a passion for their work, he said.

Meanwhile, other IT workers in demand include:

  • Dynamics CRM and .Net developers
  • Agile project managers and business analysts
  • Application project managers
  • SharePoint developers
  • Front end and user interface developers
  • Cloud specialists and SaaS and IaaS experience
  • Business intelligence, analytics candidates and data architects

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