Study: Certain IT Skills in Demand Despite Economy
Thirty-eight percent of U.S. companies are planning to
trim IT staff this year, but certain skills remain hot,
according to a new study by the IT staffing company Veritude.
IDG News Service —
The poll, taken in the fourth quarter of 2008, shows that
companies' hiring plans plunged dramatically in recent months.
In a study Veritude conducted during the second quarter
of last year, just 4 percent of respondents planned to make cuts.
In addition, the new survey found that only 38 percent of companies
intend to add staff, down from 52 percent in the previous study.
One silver lining is that the anticipated cuts are
not especially deep; 22 percent of those who plan to reduce staff
said they would eliminate between 1 percent and 5 percent, Veritude said.
But workers with business-intelligence skills and expertise
in C, C++ and C# programming should
fare especially well in the weakened job market, according to the study.
Also, 17 percent of companies are now looking for Mac developers,
more than tripling the previous survey's finding of 5 percent.
But demand for enterprise architects has declined significantly,
indicating that companies are both reluctant
to shoulder the larger salaries such individuals receive,
and also scaling back on long-term project planning.
Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents that intend
to hire workers on a "temp-to-perm" basis shot up
to 56 percent from 27 percent in the previous study,
which suggests that companies planning
to add jobs are doing so tentatively.Source: Chris Kanaracus, http://cio.com/
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