Technical recruiters should begin to see an increase in need from their clients looking to fill a number of important information technology positions. Given the rapid expansion of the mobile device market, software-as-a-service offerings that rely on cloud connectivity, companies' reliance on big data and cybersecurity efforts to protect sensitive information, staffing in the IT industry is in a good place.
According to Staffing Industry Analysts, the IT staffing market in the U.S. is expected to grow by 7 percent this year and have a valuation of $29.1 billion in 2016. The website wrote that approximately 50 percent of the industry expansion will be attributable to this country's gross domestic product growth. Staffing Industry Analysts predicted that the GDP in the U.S. will reach 2.9 percent this year, as compared to the 2.4 percent recorded in 2014.
In spite of the Great Recession, which not only had a detrimental impact on the U.S. economy, but all over the world, the IT industry has been showing consistent signs of growth. The website wrote that within the last 14 years, IT employment has grown 31 percent. This number is especially impressive when you compare it to the 5.3 percent job growth in other nonfarm employment sectors.
Overall, in that time, job creation in the U.S. has experienced a compound annual growth rate 0.37 percent. In IT, the CAGR is 1.93 percent.
For those working as technical recruiters, it appears that this is a good time to be involved in the industry. As more companies modernize their operations by relying much more heavily on technology, in addition to becoming more interested in big data, these organizations will be on the lookout for the best and brightest talent.
IT staffing firms will want to work closely with their clients to understand what their needs are from an operational standpoint to deliver candidates with a high degree of technical acumen in these areas to help companies reach their goals.
Big data professionals becoming much more in demand
These days, there is no shortage of information that decision-makers have at their disposal to help better understand the inner workings of their organizations. However, it takes a skilled individual to parse through these massive amounts of figures and numbers to make sense of it all.
In a separate article, Staffing Industry Analysts, citing research conducted by TEKsystems, wrote that 44 percent of the corporate IT leaders polled stated that they expected hiring for big data professionals to increase this year.
"There is certainly immense value in big data," David Spires, who serves as director of TEKsystems' application division, told the website. "But without great people and a focus on the workforce, the prospects that big data can deliver will unfortunately rarely be realized."
Spires feels that one of the biggest contributing factors driving the corporate push to bring on more IT professionals with big data experience is that companies aren't proactive enough. It isn't uncommon for these organizations to seek out individuals when the need is greatest as opposed to bringing people on in advance.
At present, candidates who are skilled as big data architects will be the most difficult to find. The other hard-to-fill positions will be that of data scientists and data modelers.
Technical recruiters should begin their sourcing and recruiting efforts now for these and other in-demand IT positions. As organizations continue to revamp their operational methodologies and continue doing business where the use of technology is at the forefront, advanced IT openings will increase significantly. Staffing professionals should begin working now to have candidates at the ready should the need arise.