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The big IT job skills squeeze

IT skill shortages can be a double-edge sword for partners.

On one hand, channel partners can exploit IT staffing shortages at potential client sites and find new business opportunities (as mentioned in a recent story on SearchITChannel about new managed security services from Cisco, for example). That’s the good news. On the flip side, partner businesses may find themselves in the same IT talent shortage predicament that’s plaguing their enterprise customers and IT vendor partners — namely, the IT talent well is dry.

As of April 1, 2014, Dice reported the number of available tech jobs at 80,612, broken down by 48,472 full-time positions, 34,887 contract positions, 1,746 part-time positions and 645 telecommuting positions.

According to a recent report from Dice on tech skills demand, requests for “popular” IT professionals such as those with skills in big data, mobile, cloud computing and security is soaring, with the unemployment rate hovering below 3%.

Dice, a job search site for IT professionals, bases its findings on the number of job postings on its popular site.

Here’s a quick look at the breakdown, according to Dice:

  • Big data is big time. Job postings for NoSQL experts is up 54% year over year; postings for big data talent is up 46% year over year; Hadoop, up 43%; and demand for Python experts is up 16%.
  • IT professionals with security skills credentials are a top item for companies: Demand for cyber security professionals is up 162% year over year; “information security” specialists up 19% year over year; and job listings for firewall professionals, including engineers and administrators, is up 7%.
  • Cloud professionals, or, specifically, demand for Software as a Service (Saas) developers and project managers is up 20% year over year, as is demand for IT professionals with cloud experience, which is up 27%.
  • Mobile is everywhere, which explains why job postings for user interface and user experience experts is up 18% year over year.

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