5. Skills in greatest demand
Roughly 61% of CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today, according to Robert Half Technology. When asked which skills are in greatest demand, CIOs said they’re most in need of database management (cited by 44%), desktop support (42%), network administration (42%), and cybersecurity (41%) skills.
TEKsystems also asked IT leaders to name the skills they expect to be the most difficult to find next year. Most commonly cited in the TEKsystems report are programmers and developers (42%), networking (29%), security (28%), and architects (28%).
6. Career expectations
Meanwhile, for a view from the other side of the table, Spiceworks asked IT pros how they feel about their job and salary prospects for 2017. As it turns out, many IT pros will be on the move next year: 37% plan to begin searching for a new employer in 2017, and 26% plan to accept a new job, according to Spiceworks’ 2017 Tech Career Outlook.
Additionally, more than half (59%) of respondents believe they’re underpaid, yet only 24% expect a salary increase from their current employer in excess of 5% in 2017, and only 12% expect a promotion.
7. Employees on the move
Multiple factors are driving people’s desire for a job change, according to the Spiceworks survey. The most frequently cited reasons are: to advance my IT skills (cited by 69%); to get a more competitive salary (64%); to work at a company that makes IT more of a priority (40%); I’m burnt out at my current job (40%); to find a better work-life balance (38%); to get better benefits (401k, healthcare) (33%); to work with a more talented IT team (26%); to get better work-from-home options (24%); to get a better job title (22%).
“Many IT professionals believe they’re underpaid and their department is underfunded,” said Peter Tsai, IT analyst at Spiceworks, in a statement. “This is leading many tech professionals to take advantage of the favorable job market expected next year and seek employers that prioritize their IT department, invest in tech talent, and provide adequate resources IT professionals need to be successful."
Robert Half Technology based its report on telephone interviews with 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.
For its annual IT forecast, TEKsystems polled 700 IT leaders and asked about their expectations for IT spending, skills requirements and organizational challenges in 2017.
Spiceworks, which makes free IT management software and has built a community of IT pros, surveyed 476 respondents from North America and EMEA for its career outlook.
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