Report reveals most desired IT skills and job titles

The demand for IT skills is bound to have an impact on new or existing salaries and job titles.
The demand for IT skills is bound to have an impact on new or existing salaries and job titles.

While the tech industry continues to grow, the skill sets of the average employee should grow as well. The demand for IT skills is bound to have an impact on new or existing salaries and job titles.

Igloo Software analysed job postings from Indeed.com (UK and US) in various IT categories over the last year to discover the skills and positions mentioned the most in addition to seeing how a predicted 12 percent growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2014-2024 will impact salaries, job titles and demand of IT and general skill sets.

From March 2015 to March 2016, IT job postings increased by 10 percent. As more companies focus on cloud computing, collection and storage of big data, and mobile computing, the need to hire trained pros to run and maintain them increases.

Following engineers, IT jobs are the second-most difficult position to fill in all industries. Nearly 70 percent of businesses report difficulty filling IT positions. IT pros earn an average of 13 percent more than people who work in education and 60 percent more than those in retail.

The top five job title listings in the UK include:

  1. IT support
  2. Data analyst
  3. IT technician
  4. Systems administrator
  5. Software developer

The most-searched-for UK jobs include:

  1. IT support
  2. Data analyst
  3. IT manager
  4. Analyst
  5. IT technician

The cities with the most IT job listings in the UK are London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds.

The most commonly mentioned soft skills desired by UK employers are customer service skills. In most IT job posts, the top three most commonly mentioned soft skills are customer service (22 percent), relationships (12 percent), and written communication (12 percent) skills.

The most desired qualification within IT jobs is fluency in Application Programming Interfaces or APIs (25 percent). Other top qualifications mentioned in IT job descriptions include a degree in computer science (15 percent), SQL (15 percent), Java (12 percent), and Linux (10 percent).

Igloo Software offered the following advice on how to earn a job in the IT industry:

  • Look for alternate ways in the door
  • Stay on top of industry trends
  • Expand skill set to become a well-rounded employee
  • Go above and beyond in every project
  • Keep learning, regardless of career level
  • Think outside the box

In emailed commentary to SCMagazineUK.com, Dan Latendre, CEO of Igloo Software said, "What we found interesting about the study was that employers are looking for really well-rounded employees, not just highly skilled technology workers. They're expecting their candidates to have experience with APIs and Javascript with a Computer Science degree and at the same time, these skilled workers need to have the soft skills necessary to build relationships and communicate effectively. Recognising this, job seekers should look for organisations that provide an internal communication and collaboration platform that helps to develop those soft skills."

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