Recruiter: IT pros need to consider the bottom line in 2005

Technology professionals wanting to upskill for next year should start looking at combining their technology skills with an increased knowledge of business, according to Executive Director of RSP Group, Gary Hinksman.

Hinksman said that although there has been a resurgence in IT investment, companies will not be "bitten in the same way they were with dot-com."

"With dot-com there was a frenzy. Money was being thrown at IT, just for the sake of having the latest technology and maintaining a competitive edge. Now organisations and companies will want to invest in technology only when there is a sound business drive for it," Hinksman said.

"So, in order to remain attractive to employers, technology professionals should look at how their skills link with the business as a larger entity," he said.

Hinksman believes there will be high growth next year in consultancy jobs, which goes hand-in-hand with businesses wanting to understand the business benefits behind the technology.

Development jobs based on .NET technology will continue to remain strong as will software integration roles utilising Java, according to Hinksman.

"We will also probably see an upturn in demand for C++ skills due to increased Defence expenditure, as most of their systems are based on this technology," Hinksman said.

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