Future-Proof Your Career With The Most Sought After Skills in IT
Mar 7, 2016
Future-Proof Your Career With The Most Sought After Skills in IT
Mar 7, 2016


Technology continues to develop and progress at a phenomenal rate and these advances in technology means that skill sets required are continually changing. Now is a great time for opportunity and growth for IT professionals. The rate of growth in technology means that IT skills are in high demand meaning opportunity for a higher salary, job security and job advancement. The evolvement of IoT, Big Data and Cybersecurity continues to dominate the spotlight in the world of technology. So what skills will IT professionals be needing in 2016 in order to keep ahead of the game. Here we have complied a list of the most in-demand skills needed in order to keep up with the ever-evolving tech industry.

Big Data
The growth of demand for talent in big data is set to continue to increase. Talent in the Big Data field is rare but demands are high as businesses are becoming more aware of the importance of data science and are striving to improve their business processes by becoming more data driven. Data Scientists, DBAs and Database Technology Engineers; and Quantitative Analysts and Managers are some of the most sought after talent in technology at the moment. Demand for talent far outpaces the supply of talent in the current market and companies are requiring a high level of quantitative and technical expertise. If you are experienced in the field of big data then you will frequently be sought after and are unlikely to go short for job offers.

The expansion of the IoT market and increasing connectivity means an increase in potential hacks. The UK Governments budget pledge of almost £140million to develop applications for IoT and Smart Cities is sure to create great opportunities for businesses to become more efficient in their processes and aid in creating exciting new products to bring to the market; but also poses great threats. 2015 saw some of the most destructive hacks to date and the sheer breath and sophistication of these hacks means that attacks are getting worse at a far more frequent rate. Cybersecurity is therefore becoming a priority to businesses and protecting Intellectual Property, Operational Infrastructure and customer data is becoming more crucial than ever before. It is reported that security skills are in high demand due to short supply and companies are fighting to obtain the best talent to help them to identify weaknesses in their security and improve their security processes.

Cloud Computing
Businesses have rapidly been moving into the cloud for quite some time now. Companies are increasingly requiring experts in cloud adoption and integration. It has been predicted that a large majority of IT budget will be spent on cloud computing investment in 2016. The movement in hybrid cloud deployment will mean that this will be a highly sought after skill of IT professionals who specialise in cloud computing. Yulitza Peraza, analyst in quantitative services at 451 Research said: “Cloud computing is on the upswing and demand for public cloud services remains strong. However, public cloud adoption continues to face hurdles including security concerns, transparency and trust issues, workload readiness and internal non-IT-related organisational issues”. It is clear from this that cloud support will continue to remain required by businesses – now may be the time for IT professionals to get one step ahead of the game by immediately doing all they can to enhance their credentials when working with the cloud. 

Research suggests that the internet has generated 2.6 jobs for each lost to technology related inefficiencies. This indicates that having the skills and experience in coding can help to future-proof your ability to find work in the modern economy. Coding became part of the school curriculum in 2014 –and with good reason. It has been estimated that over the next 10 years there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them. Linda Liukas, co-founder of coding workshop programme Rail Girls, believes that coding is “the literacy of the 12st century”. IT recruiters are always looking for candidates with experience in HTML, Java, JavaScript, PHP and Python. If you can include these skills on your resume then you are ticking all the right boxes. All businesses want to ensure that their website looks great and has robust, secure and stable back-end software to support it. 

Mobile App Development
There is a constant need for web and app developers due to the rate at which new and improved smart phones and tablets are being released. As a result of this growth, there is a demand for new apps to be developed for both IOS and Android. According to Gartner, by the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organisation’s capacity to deliver them. If you have experience with C++ and Java, and the newer programming languages such as Apple Swift and Hybrid App Development, then you will be invaluable to companies wanting to create new and innovative apps.

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