Research: 2012 State of IT Staffing

Oct 23, 2012


Application Development in Growing Demand

Business technology pros have a fairly positive outlook about IT organizations' hiring plans for the coming year, though the volatility of the economy keeps a cloud of doubt over long-term plans. And as usual when it comes to IT hiring, specific skills and specialties matter at least as much as the macroeconomic outlook.

Comparing the current state of the IT organization to a year ago, 47% of 1,391 business technology pros in the InformationWeek 2012 State of IT Staffing Survey say staffing has increased, 35% see no change and 18% see a decrease. And some saw significant growth--20% had IT staff increase by 6% or more, while 9% saw a decrease of 6% or more. The survey was conducted in July.

Hot, emerging skills or technology areas don't always translate to hot hiring prospects, the research suggests. Mobile skills are hard to find, for example, but companies are leaning heavily on retraining existing people for this job rather than hiring new people. We know that companies are doing a fair amount of social/collaboration project work But few companies are doing big hiring to meet the need, about a third think they'll fill these positions easily, and they don't expect to pay a big price premium. Big data analytics, on the other hand, isn't driving huge hiring, but companies do expect scarce talent and high premiums to get the few they need.

Application development is the biggest standout category for staffing increases--25% of companies put app dev in the top two categories of growth. And of those, 38% expect to increase staffing by more than 10% over the next two years. Security, app delivery specialists and help desk round out the top four.

Beyond application development there isn't one clear staffing priority. So to offer a feel for the state of the hiring market, this report will dive into a few select skill areas among the 15 we surveyed. We'll look at several more conventional and longstanding IT areas (applications, security and help desk) and contrast those with some emerging technology areas (mobility, big data analytics and social/collaboration). We'll look at each based on demand, whether companies find talent hard to find and whether they're more likely meet talent needs by retraining or hiring. (R5481012)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 State of IT Staffing Survey
Survey Date   July 2012
Region   North America
Number of Respondents    1,391
Purpose   To gauge IT staffing trends in the enterprise

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