Developers, engineers and analysts in high demand: Hays

Investments in mobility, virtualization and unified communications are driving demand

Mobile app developers and network engineers are in high demand in the private sector, driven largely by investment in mobility, virtualization and unified communications, according to recruitment firm Hays.

The Hays report, covering job trends between January and March 2013, shows mobile app developers and network engineers are in high demand in private enterprises while Drupal, SharePoint and Oracle developers, along with business, change and test analysts are in demand in the public sector.

In the private sector, mobility is driving demand for developers with experience in iOS and Android applications. Network upgrades and unified communications are driving the need for network engineers, while virtualization is fuelling the requirement for engineers across greenfield projects.

In the public sector, more organisations are using SharePoint and Drupal, and the challenge in finding candidates with clearance to work at the Department of Defence is stimulating demand for candidates who have experience with these technologies.

The demand for Oracle developers is due to more government departments upgrading from Oracle Database 11i to Oracle Database 12. Business analysts with government tender writing experience and planning for new projects, and test analysts with diverse industry experience are also in demand.

Hays’ senior regional director of IT, Peter Noblet, said employers are looking for candidates who “can take a step up to fill a role rather than have someone more senior take a step back” and are being cautious about candidates who have “moved around too often”.

Other roles that are in high demand in the private sector include change and transformation managers, security specialists, infrastructure support workers, strategy and architecture experts. In the public sector, project managers, helpdesk staff, workers with skills in Windows 7 and 8, Desktop with SCCM and document management are also needed.

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