From an economic standpoint, 2011 is considered by many to be a
“flat line” year for the US, with the combined stock markets finishing the year
almost exactly where it started, posting an annual change of 0.003%. However,
substantial spending on technology initiatives had led to substantial job
growth with IT or Software Engineering.
Whereas jobs-growth within many industries is undergoing a long
recovery, the technology industry is moving at a pace not seen since the
dot-com boom. However this time there is good reason for it: Technology is a
value proposition for corporations. This value proposition drives increased
productivity and cost savings for organizations.It has also driven unemployment within IT to
below 3%. This means that there will be a continued shortage of technology
talent. This means more permanent and contract job openings to choose from,
less “temp-to-perm” hiring and longer-length contracts. All great things for
We see this almost unilaterally across HUNTER’s entire client
base, which consists of 6 core recruiting specialties.
1)Java / Web Development: This is
the largest area of growth that we’ve seen in 2011, and we expect that to
continue in 2012. More than 25 distinct clients are looking to hire permanent
and / or contract engineers with these skills in the Atlanta area alone. These
clients range from Early / Mid-Stage startups to some of the largest brands in
SharePoint Development: We’ve seen consistent hiring through 2011
and into 2012 for C# and SharePoint developers. Due to the lack of highly
skilled engineers with substantial SharePoint experience, we’ve seen some
clients willing to hire strong .NET developers willing to learn SharePoint.
That is a good thing.
Management / Business Analyst: Often the “canary in the
coalmine” for technology hiring. If there are substantial needs for PM’s and
BA’s, a large number of new technology initiatives are underway. HUNTER moves
in 2012 with more PM and BA openings than we’ve seen since last century.
Engineering: Increased spending on overall technology initiatives leads to a
much larger footprint of hardware / software that needs to be managed. Increased
dependency on technology creates a much greater need for system stability and
higher uptime requirements. This has led to a dramatic increase in hiring for
Linux Admins, Windows Admins, Network Engineers and all related skills at our
Intelligence / Database Engineering / ERP Systems: For
many companies, it’s all about the data. How is it best utilized? How can it be
monetized? How can it be accessed most efficiently?How is it best managed? Answering these
questions has led most of our clients to hire substantially greater number of
technologists with strong experience in this realm.
Assurance: A greater dependence on building software means a greater
dependence on high quality software. Add to that increased hesitancy to ship QA
roles to off-shore partners, and the usage of QA engineers directly within
SCRUM development teams, and there is a growing number of unfilled openings for
technologists with these skills.
At HUNTER, we expect these hiring trends to continue well into
2012, and look forward to talking to you about your specific career goals for
2012 and beyond.
Provided you are interested in learning more about specific roles
at HUNTER’s client base, I would like to arrange for you to speak to one of our
Senior Recruiters that specializes in your core area of expertise. Please email
me back and let me know when would be the best time to arrange a conversation.
Additionally, if you have any friends or colleagues that are ready
to begin their career search in earnest, I’d like to discuss HUNTER’s iPad2
referral fee policy with you.
Again, Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you in