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Android, iPad/iPhone, and HTML 5 developers will continue to be in demand this year, according to Bluewolf's IT Salary Guide for 2012, which predicts salary increases for software developers, information security analysts, CIOs, and many other types of technology professionals amid increasing demand for top talent.
While the report shows the biggest increases in demand for mobile, data, cloud, and user engagement technologists, it also reveals a decline in job candidates with the skill-sets required to meet those needs.
"Organizations aren't just competing against each other for qualified tech professionals—they're contending with an ever widening talent gap and the mass exodus of baby boomer retirees," warns Bluewolf co-founder and principal Michael Kirven.
The report, which covers major industries including media, telecom, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and financial services, predicts that:
On the executive level, CIOs and CSOs are seeing the most gains. In database administration, business intelligence analysts and data architects are enjoying the largest salary hikes while software and Web development salaries are experiencing jumps all across the board. In information security, analysts are seeing the highest demand.
In mobile, Bluewolf estiamtes that demand for HTML5, iPhone/iPad, and Android is up 200 percent and demand for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile experts is down 50 percent. In the area of big data, demand for those with MySQL, HBase, Cognos, and Informatica experience is up 100 percent, and DB2 expertise is down 50 percent. In the area of cloud computing, Eloqua, Marketo, Salesforce, and Google Apps are hot, and in the user engagement realm, UI Design experts are in higher demand than those with expertise in Flash, Flex, and ActionScript.
Technology professionals with PHP skills are in high demand in the New York area, according to Cybercoders' Top 10 Technology Jobs list. PHP developers, who specialize in building websites that integrate with sites like WordPress and osCommerce, earn average annual salaries of more than $96,000.
The second-most-sought-after technology professionals are sales engineers, who earn average annual salaries of $106,500. They were followed by Java developers ($104,500), network engineers ($103,750), sales managers ($86,250), project managers ($78,333), Ruby developers ($106,667), Python developers ($103,333), mobile/Web engineers ($85,000), and product managers ($97,500).
“New York City is one of the fastest growing technology markets in the country,” says Matt Miller, CTO of CyberCoders. “Existing companies are continuing to grow their technology staff while others, like Google and Twitter, are launching large new office spaces in the city.”
According to CyberCoders, there has been a threefold increase in technology jobs in the tri-state area since 2010. Currently, CyberCoders has more than 1,400 jobs available in the New York area.
CyberCoders uses data from thousands of postings, input from their clients hiring technical candidates, and salary ranges from their database of over 11 million candidates to rank the Top Ten Technology Jobs in New York for 2012.
Software engineering and Web development positions will be among the hardest to fill in 2012, according to Inc. magazine.
In virtually every market--especially in San Francisco, New York, and Boston--the demand for top-tier engineering talent will outweigh the supply, according to startup headhunter Keith Cline, founder of Dissero.
High-quality creative design and user-experience personnel will also be highly sought after, Cline writes, since creating compelling user experiences is at the top of most companies' priority lists.
Product-development personnel--especially in the consumer web, e-commerce, mobile, software as a service, and cloud computing arenas--will also be hard to find. A particular challenge will be finding product developers with experience in the company's industry.
Online marketers who can can create a buzz through the web, social media, and content discovery and those with strong analytics and business intelligence skills are also expected to be highly sought after, according to Inc.
Employers are having a hard time finding cloud and enterprise architects and security and BI specialists, according to staffing firm TEKsystems.
TEKsystems' quarterly IT Executive Outlook survey, conducted in partnership with the Inavero Institute, also found that employers plan to hire more contract workers and fewer full-time employees due to continued uncertainty about the economy. According to the survey, 40 percent of IT leaders expect to increase temporary IT headcount in the next three months, up from last quarter’s 36 percent. Further, 38 percent say they will increase permanent IT headcount in Q3, down from 41 percent the previous quarter.
Cloud and enterprise architects and security and BI specialists are currently highly sought. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said it was difficult to find enterprise architects and 58 percent said cloud architects are hard to locate. This quarter, employers they also noted difficulty in finding security specialists (51 percent) and BI specialists (49 percent).
“Due to high demand, professionals with these skills do not need to actively seek new opportunities. They are recruited and get their choice of challenging work and appealing compensation packages,” said TEKsystems Market Research Manager Tania Lavin.
“It is not surprising that BI specialists are more difficult to find this year, as the number of business intelligence initiatives across our client base is up, which correlates to high demand for a finite number of A-players,” she added.
The survey also reveals the difficulty in sourcing top IT professionals across industries. Responses indicate that financial services firms have more difficulty filling database administrator positions, while IT companies struggle to find systems administrators, BI specialists, business process engineers, network architects, and .NET Developers.
“The preponderance of data related to financial transactions that must be warehoused and mined for business success and regulatory compliance heightens the quantity of needs for DBAs in the financial services vertical,” said Lavin. “Companies within this industry likely also desire DBAs with vertical experience, which adds additional difficulty in the tight IT labor market.”
Hiring managers are looking for workers with experience with iRise, COTS, Crystal SDK, PeopleSoft Security, and NetApp, according to recent searches of the Dice resume database. The jobsite reported a total of 82,867 available tech jobs, including 50,591 full-time positions, 35,331 contract poisitions, and 1,647 part-time jobs.
iRise is a test platform for business software application developers. COTS refers to Commercial off-the-Shelf boxed software. The Crystal SDK lets iPhone and Android game developers integrate Chillingo’s Crystal social platform to create profiles, challenge and follow friends, and integrate Facebook and Twitter. PeopleSoft Security uses a hierarchical approach to limit data and application access to qualified users. And NetApp solutions help companies adress data and storage issues related to cloud and virtualization.
New York/New Jersey was the most popular zip code, with 9,707 jobs, a 17 percent increase over July 2010, followed by Washington, DC/Baltimore with 7,847 job listings, up 6 percent over the previous year. With 5,350 jobs, the Silicon Valley was up 20 percent over July 2010. Other metropolitan areas with more listings for tech jobs were: Chicago (up 31 percent), Boston (up 43 percent), Los Angeles (up 11 percent), Atlanta (up 36 percent), Dallas (up 37 percent), Seattle (up 26 percent), and Philadelphia (up 37 percent).
Android jobs are on pace to eclipse iPhone work by the end of 2012 and HTML5 is showing impressive growth as the fastest-growing job category, according to Freelancer.com.
In its tracking of 109,733 jobs in the second quarter, the company found that iPhone jobs increased by 9 percent to 2,985. However, Android jobs are up 20 percent to 1,702 jobs, placing Android in the top five job-growth areas in the Freelancer Fast 50. If Android work continues at this growth rate, it will surpass the iPhone category by the end of 2012, the company noted, adding that jobs in the mobile category increased by 12 percent.
This quarter also marked gains for HTML5 work. Going from 604 projects in the first quarter to 807 inthe second quarter (a 34 percent increase) HTML5 is poised to be a job-generating leader for the foreseeable future. Freelancer.com noted that the news comes on the heels of Arcade Fire's win at Cannes with their HTML5 video for The Wilderness Downtown.
The rise of HTML5 has reinforced the downfall of Flash, once the powerhouse of online work. Flash work dropped 10 percent to 3,095 jobs posted this quarter, however it is yet to be determined what impact Google Swiffy will have on Flash projects.
While the mobile job market on the whole is booming, weak BlackBerry job figures countered this trend. BlackBerry jobs fell by 6 percent, from 526 to 497 jobs, despite the recent venture into the tablet domain.
Facebook fan page development showed consistent growth, going from 4,297 to 4,622 jobs, a jump of 8 percent. This growth will continue as companies look to supplement their traditional websites with extensive social media in an attempt to engage consumers.