Thursday, January 5. 2012
Written by Doug Kling [email@example.com]
Posted online by Jigs Nepomuceno in Jobs and Employment at 08:01
2012 is finally here. Happy New Year!
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 technologists.
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 the world.
2) .NET / 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.
3) Project 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.
4) Infrastructure 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 client base.
5) Business 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.
6) Quality 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 2012.
All the best,
Director of Recruiting
Hunter Technical Resources