Most desirable IT skills for 2017

Every CIO knows that there is currently a skills shortage in the market place which is hindering their plans. Because of this, IT recruitment consultants like myself are now finding that most organisations are willing to pay extremely competitive rates to attract the best people, despite initial market uncertainties caused by Brexit. This is good news for IT professionals, particularly those with desirable niche skillsets. I’ve put together a list of the most sought after skills by CIOs in 2017.

1, Digital: For the first time at Crimson, we included several digital job titles to our Salary Survey, which highlights UK IT jobs salary bands for 2017. These roles included Chief Digital Officer, Digital Programme Managers, Digital Project Managers, Digital Business Analysts, and Digital Architects. We added these job titles to the Salary Survey because ‘digital transformation’ and ‘digital disruption’ are high on the agenda for many of our clients this year.

2, Full-Stack Development: Full-Stack Software Developers are another sought after asset for organisations. With their knowledge of several languages and platforms, as well as DevOps, QA, DBA, and analytics skills, full-stack developers are extremely versatile and they can solve a variety of business problems.

3, Project Management: With the market buoyant and CIOs investing in new projects, experienced Project Managers are very desirable to many organisations. Good PMs are worth their weight in gold because they help ensure that deadlines are met and that budgets are adhered to. I’ve noticed that Project Managers with sector-specific experience, particularly in the financial services and retail industries, are really sought after.

4, QA / Testing: With all these new projects and software developments, finding good quality assurance testers has become a priority for CIOs for 2017. Crimson has noticed that these skills have become more critical as specific applications have become increasingly important to businesses’ outcomes.

5, Cloud Services: More organisations are looking at moving their operations into the cloud than ever before so we are seeing an increase in opportunities for IT professionals with experience of cloud transition projects, application lifecycle management, and integration.

6, Security: Cyber security is an ever-evolving complex problem that all major organisations need to address. Knowledgeable, proactive, cyber security staff can be hard to come by, particularly those with recognised certifications. At present, there are far fewer people with cyber security skills in the market than there are jobs for them.

7, Architecture: Businesses are becoming more aware of the value of a great architect and these roles are showing up with more frequency among our clients. With several of our clients preparing to implement five-year business plans, many are trying to accrue as much architect talent as possible.

8, BI: Most organisations are now seeking greater insights from the data they collect, which is putting a particularly high premium on BI and analytics skills. This is also particularly noticeable financial services and the retail industries. Many BI candidates have mathematical, engineering, and statistical backgrounds, and a lot are skilled in data-related programming languages such as SQL. These characteristics make good analysts even more desirable. I will be delivering a speech about how CIOs can attract the best IT staff at this year’s Crimson Innovation Conference. If you’re interested in digital disruption, would like opportunity to learn about the latest trends, and want to network with other IT leaders, click here to reserve your seat.

Caisha Sheikh

I look after the Senior IT Appointments Practice for Crimson. I work in partnership with C level hiring managers to support them on securing their new IT Leader. If you have decided it is time to look for a new challenge, or if you are looking to hire a strong IT Leader, do get in touch. caisha.sheikh@crimson.co.uk or 07583939533.

1 Response

  1. Each of these actually contain multiple skills at different levels, and the specific skills will vary from organisation to organisation, and even sometimes within a single organisation. It is important for any organisation to be specific about their requirements for a number of reasons, including when recruiting or developing existing staff. Best practice in this area globally is to use the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), which is currently at version 6, and is available in 6 languages for download from the not-for-profit SFIA Foundation. SFIA provides the common language for skills at a number of levels, and these descriptions provide consistency and act as components when building a role profile or job description. SFIA is also used to measure the skills and competencies of an individual, to support everything from development to recruiting and beyond. Most users of SFIA can use it under a free licence – organisations and individuals using it to manage and develop their staff or own development, it’s only commercial use which requires a fee-paying licence. http://www.sfia-online.org
    Matthew Burrows, SFIA6 Design Authority, SFIA Accredited Consultant and Trainer.

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