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5 IT Hiring Trends In 2014

Which IT skills are in demand and which roles are changing? Take a look ahead.

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The New Year is shaping up to be a bright one for technology professionals, according to a new report from job site Dice.com.  

In a survey of 860 tech-focused hiring managers and recruiters, 73% reported planning to hire more candidates in the next six months, and 24% percent said their additional hiring will be substantial. That's good news for anyone looking to make a change in 2014.

But expect the IT landscape to change, too. Here's a look at five predictions on hot skills, evolving roles, and how social media will change recruiting.

1. Big data skills heat up. Companies were quick this year to adopt and invest in social, mobile, and cloud, but the rise of these technologies has created an overwhelming amount of valuable data that businesses need to make sense of, said John Michelsen, CTO of software management company CA Technologies.

"Big data demands a new breed of data scientists, and advancements in mobility, social, and sensing technologies rely on resetting the design and architecture of applications and user interfaces," he said. "These are highly specialized skills currently lacking and impossible to recruit completely within any one organization."

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Debra Germaine, managing partner at executive recruiting firm CTPartners, said that data scientists and data analytics leaders will be essential, especially in the consulting, retail, and banking markets.

"Enhanced customer relationship management and the development of products and services based on predictive consumer behavior spending patterns require the need for advanced interpretation of complex data sets," she said. "Using analytics and customer data is now primarily seen as a competitive tool that has calculated ROI."

2. SAP voids are still hard to fill. SAP database skills might no longer be sexy, but the demand is still high, said Rona Borre, CEO of IT recruiting firm Instant Technology.

"Assigning full-time resources to the SAP space is very difficult for businesses, especially in the US, but the demand for these people and skills will still be high in 2014," she said. "SAP isn't as exciting as something like mobility or big data. It's hard to find database people now and it will become harder because it's not that sexy skill."

3. CIO roles expand with more responsibilities.
"CIO" no longer stands for "career is over." Rather, the role is undergoing an evolution that positions it as more critical to most organizations than ever before, according to CTPartners' Germaine.

"The CIO of the coming years is at the forefront of many trends associated with other hot jobs: data, mobile, digital and analytics," she said. "The CIO's focus has migrated from the back office to the boardroom, making the role more visible, in greater demand, and hotter than ever. In addition, many companies are adding "and SVP" or other monikers to CIO titles. The dual titles reflect the increasing importance of IT within organizations and the increasing responsibility of the CIO."

4. Recruiting gets more social. The days when your resume alone got you interviews are over, said Shon Burton, founder of software company HiringSolved. It's not only about your skills on paper, it's also about your social presence.

"If you look at the evolution of recruiting, it started with going through phone books, then job boards, and what's changed everything today is that everyone has a social footprint," Burton said. "All this information offers us a much more rich profile of candidates than we had before."

Your social footprint can be a pro or con when you're looking for a new job, he said. Be wary of how you present yourself online, and take steps to improve your online presence. This might include answering questions in forums related to your profession or starting a blog. The goal, Burton said, is to provide Google and other search engines with a signal of your professional self rather than silence when recruiters or hiring managers search for you.

5. Talent management becomes social. Although social has changed how businesses recruit talent, it is also changing how they retain it, according to Scott Hebner, VP of social business at IBM. In 2014, say goodbye to the traditional HR survey and expect new methods to assess, develop, and retain talent.

"Organizations are searching for a means to not only recruit the right candidates, but more importantly, retain and nurture the talent to become passionate, engaged, and loyal," Hebner said. "In 2014, we'll begin to see organizations tapping social and behavioral data to better understand what is important to employees, what motivates them, why they stay with an organization, and much more."

Senior editor Kristin Burnham covers social media, social business, and IT leadership and careers for InformationWeek.com. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter: @kmburnham.

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User Rank: Apprentice
1/3/2014 | 1:20:07 PM
5 IT Hiring Trends in 2014
Hi Kristen,


Thank you for your article!


Could you please provide additional coverage of the topics in your article, especially on Big Data.


Very Respectully,


IW Pick
User Rank: Apprentice
12/30/2013 | 12:34:33 PM
Re: "CIO" no longer stands for "career is over."
I agree that some level of technical expertise is required for a CIO; however, business acumen and social skills have a far greater impact on the role and the organization as a whole. A CIO should be knowledgeable of a company's capabilities and industry trends in order to implement the appropriate strategy and set a vision based on the business' capabilities, however getting too deep into the technical weeds will limit their capacity to focus on the the most valuable company resources...the people.
User Rank: Strategist
12/30/2013 | 2:47:17 AM
Re: Trend?
What i see around me as hot trend in 2013 is Applications and Systems Software and Market Research Analysts, to add on i guess  3D printing has exploded this year expecting some good number if opportunities in 2014.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
12/28/2013 | 11:39:41 PM
Re: Sorry-- Your Application Has Not Been Processed Yet by Our Select Team of Automatons
As the saying goes, "What you know isn't as important as who you know."  In the age of ATS, that has become even truer.  Most of the non-self-employed people I know got their jobs because they knew somebody who worked there or knew somebody who knew somebody who worked there.  While the suckers try to optimize their resumes and cover letters for the machines, the person with the pre-existing relationship with the hiring manager gets fast-tracked to the top of the pile.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Author
12/27/2013 | 6:37:48 PM
Has resume alone every gotten anyone anywhere a job?  Seems to me that this social "trend" really isn't anything new; it's just extended to our increasingly social Internet personas.
User Rank: Strategist
12/27/2013 | 10:37:24 AM
Sorry-- Your Application Has Not Been Processed Yet by Our Select Team of Automatons

Absolutely on the mark. Anyone who has used one of the several ATS systems understands how much they depend on "fill in the box" screening of applicants as their primary function

The awful queston arises, were these ATS products put into place with total cynicism-- merely to spare budgets another, expensive hire in the HR department? And if so, does that mean our applicants' text input is being scanned at an offshore location by trained monkeys for their quota of really hot buzzwords?

In that last regard, if you begin to feel nausea at the current crop of semi-automated resumes, buffers overflowing with contrived phrases that seem oddly similar, you are not alone-- at least the appliclants understand they must pitch their job campaigns to robots. After all, these were the kids who were taught to take tests well as their primary educational objective. Gaming the system does not bode well for the interview, to say the least. 
User Rank: Strategist
12/27/2013 | 10:25:48 AM

Agreed-- when I saw this article, my immediate response was, what basis has this "conventional wisdom"? Looking more closely, the article offers nothing to show how much business depends upon what has been dubbed "big data", at all. What CIOs must know is this-- has it moved to my neighborhood, yet?

Unfortunately, that corroboration is also missing, or reserved for the chorus of usual suspects (opinion leaders, aka interviewees) who can be expected to use the same buzzwords as their stock-in-trade-- but that does not provide a tangible basis for evaluation.

Likewise, to state simply CIOs are under more pressure with more responsibility is to state the obvious, and is generously offensive to those of us who want substance, as relief for our developing ulcers.

As points four and five, "social media" becomes another of those inscrutable buzzwords that annoy most of us who read for substance. Does being socially connected mean dropping security and/or propriety in serving as an ad hoc marketing extension of the company?

Those who witness daily the hideous deeds public relations practioners must commit for their salary easily recognize the fanfare for "social media" is all too often prime-cut bull droppings.
User Rank: Author
12/26/2013 | 2:01:42 PM
Re: "CIO" no longer stands for "career is over."
Let's not underestimate how important technology expertise is. Sure, people and process are important in any executive role, but the best CIOs bring deep technology chops to the table. They're not just savvy leaders and managers of people and processes. No one says marketing expertise is the least important capability of a CMO.  

User Rank: Ninja
12/26/2013 | 11:01:08 AM
"CIO" no longer stands for "career is over."
It does stand for career is over if you're a technical CIO.  Tomorrows CIO has to have a much broader sill set to deal with the people and the business processes.  The technology, the plumbing, while important, is not the end goal, nor even the most important of the three.  There is a reason the three legs of the stool are listed as people, process and (then) technology. 
For The Record
For The Record,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/26/2013 | 10:47:47 AM
IT Hiring Trends Still Hampered by Recruiting
Interesting article, but hiring trends are weighed down by a large, immutable factor: U.S. hiring practices arising from continued ineptitude of recruiters themselves. As of 2014, recruiting practitioners have surrendered what little research authority they formerly exercised to applicant tracking systems (ATSs), which were pitched by fast-talking "recruiting experts" as a fix for the ineptitute of their own ranks. Now the poorly educated and professionally inexperienced recruiting ranks are even less effective. Hiring managers have even less input into the algorhythms used to solicit, say, specialists in Big Data, which is not understood at all by the recruiters who are prompted by the ATS to work with likely applicants.
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