Demand for tech professionals to rise in 2017

A recent survey conducted by recruiter Robert Walters and British job board Jobsite has found that 47% of managers in technology expect to increase hiring in 2017.


In light of high profile breaches in data security at major firms in 2015, IT security has become a growing priority, driving demand for specialists to fill in-house roles at large companies, and in turn Cyber security is expected to account for much of the hiring in technology in 2017, with 54% of managers saying that they will be recruiting for positions in this area.

“Specialists in cyber security have been highly sought after by employers over the past year and this trend is set to continue into 2017. With a limited supply of candidates with the required skills, competition will be high among employers to secure the best candidates,” said Ahsan Iqbal, Associate Director for technology recruitment at Robert Walters.

BI and data management

Business intelligence and Big Data experts can expect to see high demand for their skills in 2017, with 36% of hiring managers planning to recruit specialists in these areas, as employers become increasingly aware of the valuable market insights and ROI sophisticated data analytics can offer.

“As businesses look to increase market share and drive cost efficiencies, analysis of external and internal data is becoming more and more prominent. Demand for BI and Big Data specialists is particularly high from employers in fields such as FMCG, media, automotive and manufacturing, with employers competing to secure top talent,” said Lee Allen, Sales Director for Jobsite.

Competitive strategies are needed 

The survey showed that 69% of senior technology professionals said that offering candidates flexible working options is an effective strategy to ensure staff retention. Hiring managers also emphasised that considering the long-term ambitions of staff and clearly communicating the opportunities for career development is important (54%), as is providing training to demonstrate this commitment (53%).


Edited from press release by Jordan Platt.