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Key IT job trends for 2016

Scott Carey | Dec. 24, 2015
A look back at another good year for the IT industry and what 2016 may bring for IT professionals

Here's what you need to know about 2016 from a hiring perspective, the skills you need to have on your CV and how to make the most of a buoyant sector.

 1. There's still a skills shortage

1. There's still a skills shortage
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"Britain simply does not have enough of the right people to plug the skills gap," as Guy Levin, executive director of the digital economy lobbying group Coadec puts it.

In a year of high profile security breaches the cyber security skills gap was one of the best documented in 2015, with Chancellor George Osbourne directly mentioning it in this Autumn statement. Programmes like the Cyber Security Challenge and Osbourne's proposed Institute of Coding should help close the gap long-term, but this is not a problem that will go away overnight.

In fact, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch report by Experis, IT security roles accounted for just 11 percent of all jobs advertised during Q3 of 2015. Salaries are high though, lagging only behind big data and cloud roles with a UK average of £53,000.

2. Full-time hiring will continue to rise

2. Full-time hiring will continue to rise
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Full-time employment in the IT sector continues to rise since the recession, and according to recruiters Hays UK, 76 percent of firms plan to increase their headcount further in 2016.

According to research by contractor accountancy firm Nixon Williams: "The total size of the IT workforce is also increasing at its fastest rate since the end of the recession," with the IT sector outstripping the rest of the economy threefold when it comes to job creation.

 3. But permanent roles are falling

3. But permanent roles are falling
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According to the Tech Cities Job Watch report there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of contracted roles advertised in Q3, with day rates also rising 4 percent. Conversely: "The overall number of permanent roles advertised across all tech cities fell by 4 percent to 29,676 - continuing a negative quarter on quarter hiring trend," according to the report.

Research by Nixon Williams also shows increased demand for IT contractors: '"Particularly among start-ups, which are often hesitant to commit to hiring full-time employees," the report says.

4. IT professionals are on the move

4. IT professionals are on the move
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According to Hays UK's salary and recruiting trends report for 2016, 63 percent of IT professionals are looking to move job in 2016. Money and career progression are the most cited reasons, as well as the increasing number of interesting IT contracting jobs in the market.

 

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