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IT Skills Gap: Are you at the forefront of demand?

Posted by Travis O'Rourke, Hays Canada Director, on Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016

IT What Employers Want - skills in demandMany of your areas of expertise didn’t exist 10 to 15 years ago. What will the next in-demand technology or software be?

Stay at the forefront of demand by planning ahead and investing in your own professional development. Be an active participant in your career by developing new skills, and highlighting them on your resume and in interviews to stand out.

Development skills remain in high demand, especially .NET, Java and mobile, and security expertise is always going to be sought after. Big data is becoming increasingly important and we're seeing some Java developers move into this area by learning in their own time or finding hybrid roles.

Some interesting new trends in development as some employers seek AI experience. Google, Microsoft, Amazon and other large tech companies have public AI projects and this is likely to remain at the forefront of the sector. If you want to stay at the frontier of your function getting some understanding and experience with AI could be your next career move.

The second trend we’re seeing is in crossing skill sets, both within the function and across functions. For example, mobile is increasingly a skill sought in security experts, as the mobile takeover presents new and unique security challenges. We also see increasing demand for IT leaders who have competencies from outside the function, such as workforce, financial and vendor management.

Learn more about these trends: Request the Hays It What Employers Want guide.

Talk to Travis O'Rourke, Director, on the Canadian IT labour market.

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