Randstad Technologies/IBM Study reveals an IT skills shift towards
Project Management, Security and Architecture.
TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Wondering what the most in demand
IT jobs are, and which skills will best advance your IT career?
According to a recent survey of Canadian business decision-makers
commissioned by Randstad Technologies and IBM Canada, companies in 2012
are looking for IT professionals with project management, security and
architecture skills, as well as strong interpersonal abilities.
According to the results, for both large and small companies, Project
Management and Business Analysis continue to be the talent requirements
most in demand within the IT industry. These two skills sets have
remained in steadily in demand since 2009.
Additionally, both small and large comanies report similar demands when
it comes to IT talent requirements. Both smaller and larger companies
have an increase need for Infrastructure Support and Wireless Support
and a decrease need for Business Analysis, Web Development and Database
But in terms of the most in demand infrastructure skill sets, small and
large companies have differing needs. Smaller companies saw an 8%
increase in demand for Server Virtualization Specialists (39% total)
where as larger companies report a higher demand for Technical Project
Managers (36% total).
Similarly this years' results indicate companies with 1,000 employees or
less, and CIOs/VPs also rank Server Virtualization Specialists on the
top of their most wanted list. While Technical Project Managers remain
in high demand for larger companies and by Directors/Managers.
Nationally, the demand for Security & Privacy Specialists has increased
in all regions. Western Canada predicts a minor increase of 1%, Ontario
shows a 6% increase in demand, with Quebec seeing the highest increase
of 11% to 36%, compared to the previous year.
Overall, Quebec has shown the higest demand for infrastructure skill
sets in 2012. The demand for Technical Project Managers (57%), Network
Architects & Specialists (50%), Server Virtualization Specialists
(50%), Technical Team Leaders (43%) and Security & Privacy Specalists
(36%) have all seen increases of more than 20% when compared to the
This year, Ontario reports an increased demand for Security & Privacy
Specialists (up 6% from last year) and Systems Management/Operations
Specialists (up 8% from last year). The region also saw a steep decline
in the demand for Technical Project Managers, Network Architects &
Specialists and Web Hosting System Administrators.
While Western Canada indicates an increased demand for Technical Project
Managers (up 7% from last year) and Technical Team Leaders (up 2% from
last year). A decrease in demand for Network Architects & Specialists,
Server Virtualization Specialists and Network Analyst & Performance
Specialists was also reported in the region.
About the Randstad Technologies/IBM Canadian IT Staffing Outlook
The study is the third annual survey and covered over 200 top-level
business decision makers, from organizations of all sizes, for
information regarding IT staffing trends and projections. The study was
conducted between October 4, 2011 and November 18, 2011. To obtain a
copy of the full report contact your Account Manager today.
About Randstad Technologies: Sapphire Canada is the country's largest provider of IT staffing
solutions, offering permanent and contract opportunities across all
roles, levels and platforms. To find out what it's like to work with a
staffing partner that really delivers, call 1.800.540.3594 or visit randstadtechnologies.ca.
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
About IBM: For more on IBM please visit www.ibm.com/ca
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