Robert Half is a technology recruiting firm that syncs up contractors with IT managers. They recently surveyed 100 IT directors and Chief Information Officers from the United Kingdom in efforts to find out which IT skill is currently most desirable in their area. Cloud computing came in first by garnering 39% of the votes. Closely behind cloud computing was security which came in at 37%.
Robert Half recruiters have noticed the influx in cloud computing projects and they say that specialists in the field are currently in demand. The report goes on to say that 82% of the companies asked to participate in the survey have plans to incorporate cloud technology into their business model. The results of the survey went on to rank the demand of certain skills based on the feedback from the executives that were queried. The rest of the survey’s results are as follows:
Project Management – 33%
Virtualization – 29%
Network Administration & Engineering – 27%
Database Management – 25%
C# Programming – 15%
Business Intelligence – 14%
Java Programming – 13%
This survey seems to be an accurate depiction of the current demand for skillsets relating to the IT market. “It’s clearly a good time to focus on cloud skills as well as security around cloud initiatives and across the technology function,” says Paul Sheridan, managing director at Robert Half Technology. Data collected by Robert Half Technology suggests there could be an impending shortage of these skillsets. 41% of the IT directors surveyed say that the plan on hiring additional workers to implement cloud technology within their environment. Industry analysts say that the cloud computing market is set to expand exponentially within the two years. The data in this report suggests that those wanting to get into the IT industry or those trying to update their knowledge of the IT industry should focus on cloud computing and security.