Q2 IT Sector roundup and FAQs

by Heat Recruitment

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We are 6 months into 2017 now, so we thought we’d catch up with Glen Pearse from the IT team to find out about your most frequently asked questions, the state of the IT job marketing and what’s set to change into 2018 and beyond.

What have opportunities been like in IT in the first half of 2017?
As far as I can see, opportunities in the sector are rife. It’s been our busiest year to date and there are lots of things going on. Both the permanent and contractual desks are busy. We’re also getting a lot of government positions coming through as part of their Digital Transformation which is extremely positive.

What do you think will happen for the rest of 2017 going into 2018?
The pattern, since I have been here anyway, has been that the second half of the year is stronger with new budgets being released and so we think it will get better. There’s a lot of focus on Information and cyber security as well, which is always getting stronger so that will progress in 2018, especially with the GDPR changes coming into effect.

Do you foresee any major changes in IT in the next couple of years that will affect training and recruitment in the sector?
Not majorly. Brexit has had an impact on larger organisations but not necessarily SMEs. We have a few clients in the public sector where there was a slight panic over IR35 but it’s calmed a little bit so less so now. For us, Brexit is almost forgotten about, we haven’t heard it mentioned in about 6 months. This could change in 2019 when we exit the EU but for now, everyone is just carrying on as normal, and rightly so.

How much opportunity is there in IT to keep training and gaining new qualifications?
There are lots of opportunities in the sector to keep training and gain new qualifications, and quickly too. Because the IT sector is always evolving, they are constantly updating the qualifications to mirror what is happening in the real world. As previously mentioned Security is the big thing at the moment, with an ever changing landscape there’s constantly challenges being faced, as we saw with an array of hacks in 2017.

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What would you like to see more of in the applications you receive? Is there anything that jumps out at you that makes you put someone’s application straight in the shortlist pile?
We’re looking for particular skills where we tend to deal with more experienced people than graduates. All of the skills are very job-based. For example, we need a .net developer to have commercial experience doing .net. That’s not to say the entry level jobs are not there but even they like to see a good IT based degree.

Then there’s always the generic communication and reliability traits which every business likes to see. As long as they can do what they are asked of by their employers and have a track record of performing then everything else is a bonus.

What is the biggest skills gap in IT in 2017?
The security sector is crying out for people now. We’ve got several clients who are looking for graduates in this sector that can progress up within the company to senior roles. Degrees will also get more focused around cyber or network security and that can only be a good thing.

Glen Pearse is one of our Managing Consultants specialising in IT. Connect with him on LinkedIn here or call to have a chat on 0117 922 1771

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