The annual look at technology hiring trends by research firm Robert Half Technology concludes that mobile, big data and network security are driving businesses trends now, and will shape 2015 hiring trends in the tech fields.
“The supply of highly skilled technology professionals is expected to remain below demand for the foreseeable future, especially as companies across all industries look for specialized talent in three main areas: mobile, security and big data,” according to the salary guide. “Employers’ focus on hiring for these specific areas is a direct reflection of current business trends. And two of these areas – mobile and big data – are core components of what International Data Corporation calls the ‘third platform’ of computing, which is expected to accelerate the transformation of IT and is closely linked to the emerging ‘Internet of Things.'”
The supply of skilled tech workers in these areas is tight, and the workforce is flexing its mobility — Robert Half said that a third of the IT professionals it interviewed said they planned to look for a new tech job in the coming year, forcing companies to focus on retention programs and benefits as well as new hires. Another recent report by the company concluded that lack of advancement opportunity is a prime source of frustration for tech professionals.
Robert Half said that mobile application developers, software developers and business intelligence analysts are going to be the most highly sought employees in 2015. As demand for those skill sets goes up, salaries for qualified candidates are rising as well. According to Robert Half’s salary survey, the fastest-growing salaries for tech professionals in the United States are:
– Mobile app developer. Expected salary range for 2015: $107,500-$161,500; up 10.2% from 2014.
– Big data engineer. Expected salary range for 2015: $119,250-$168,250; up 9.3% from 2014.
– Wireless network engineer. Expected salary range for 2015: $99,000-$137,500; up 9.1% from 2014.
– Business intelligence analyst. Expected salary range for 2015: $108,500-$153,000; up 7.4% from 2014.
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