Nearly half of hiring managers in IT expect more demand in 2017 than they did in 2016.
Recent research has found that cyber-security professionals will be the most sought after, with 54 percent of employers planning to hire specialists in this area.
Over 700 senior technology pros from across the UK were surveyed to gain insights into how demand for tech specialists will develop in 2017, challenges faced by employers and what strategies will attract top talent.
Cyber-security has become a growing priority that is driving demand for specialists to fill in-house roles at large companies and to work with startups specialising in data protection and information security.
“Specialists in cyber-security have been highly sought after by employers over the past year and this trend is set to continue into 2017. With a limited supply of candidates with the required skills, competition will be high among employers to secure the best candidates,” said Ahsan Iqbal, associate director for technology recruitment at Robert Walters.
More than one-third (36 percent) of hiring managers plan to recruit specialists in business intelligence and Big Data.
Offering candidates flexible working options is an effective strategy to ensure staff retention, according to 69 percent of senior tech pros. Hiring managers also noted that considering the long-term ambitions of staff and clearly communicating the opportunities for career development is important (54 percent) as well as providing training to demonstrate this commitment (53 percent).“Competitive salaries will be essential to attract the best candidates, but employers should underestimate the importance of other policies such as flexible hours, the option to work remotely and the potential for long term career development,” Iqbal said.