Hiring managers are desperately seeking tech workers with these skills
According to a recent survey, developers with Java and .NET skills are in high demand.
Could developers be the bass players of the tech industry? In other words, they’re the folks that everyone needs, but no one can find—at least that’s one conclusion drawn from the latest State of the Industry survey from IT staffing association TechServe Alliance. Charting the course of tech staffing over the past 12 months, the most recent edition names developer skills the most challenging to find among IT talent.
The staffing professionals who participated in the poll also named high-level specialized talent (12%), project managers, analysts and security (all 9%) as difficult skills to come by. But developers led by a wide margin, with 46% of respondents calling it the hardest skill set to come by.
Within that category, Java skills were the biggest rarity, with 34% calling them difficult to find. A command of Microsoft’s .NET software framework was in similar short supply (27%), while web skills (13%) were also identified as a shortage among IT talent. Other sought-after developer skills included mobile (8%), cloud (5%) and C++ (5%).
“These particular skill sets are in high, high demand,” said TechServ Alliance CEO Mark Roberts. “And there are number of reasons for it. We’re not minting enough folks here domestically, and restrictive immigrations policies limit the foreign talent that can come into the U.S. and work.”
Rounding out the list, engineering (7%) and architecture skills (3%) were also ranked as difficult to find. So if you’re looking to get your foot into the door of the tech space, consider developing your abilities in these areas, whether it’s through a boot camp, internship, or your own self-directed learning. “Our folks tell us there are multiple offers to anyone who is qualified,” said Roberts. “That’s telling you that there’s insufficient supply of qualified individuals.”
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