Numbers Tell the Story
The technology sector is on the up according to a recent survey conducted by Computerworld. Most IT professionals are more positive about their profession and figures show that salaries and computing jobs are on the rise.
Just over a third (1,430) of the 4,251 participants in the survey, revealed that they were optimistic about their IT career paths and future salary advancement prospects. Pay increases over the last three years, although modest at an average of 2.3%, plus a rise to 0.9% in bonuses payments, have resulted in a change of attitude.
The tailing off of restricted budgets, layoffs, hiring freezes and cancelled projects have helped greatly, and with close to 60% of respondents receiving a raise this year, its not surprising the mood is positive.
Currently theres an increased demand in the job market for IT support jobs, computer jobs, IT sales jobs and web developer jobs, and its predicted that computing jobs will reach a figure as high as 150,000 each year for the next eight years.
In order to attract suitable candidates and retain talented employees, employers are having to provide greater perks than in recent years, as well as accommodate working from home and more flexible hours.
Employers are looking for candidates with specific qualifications such Cisco, Cisco networking certifications, Oracle development experience, firewalls, Android development, Java, iOS and other enterprise security specialties. That being said, candidates with an all-round range of IT skills are still landing lucrative jobs, as employers attempt to get the most out of their investment.
More job offers are being made and candidates can be more selective. The number of employed IT staff has increased in order to keep up with new business growth.
It seems that many companies are now able to start matching salary growth with their own business growth. So as technology jobs become more in demand as more advancements are made, its good news all round for those working in the IT industry.