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The skills shortage is being felt acutely by those employers looking for IT staff in large firms and across London and the South as big data, mobile solutions and the need to meet regulations stretch existing resources.
The demand for permanent and temporary IT staff has held up over the last few months according to figures from sources including the IT Job Board, and the latest indication of the size of the growing jobs challenge has been given by the Robert Half Professional Hiring Index.
The Index revealed that the skills most in demand were technical expertise in database management, network administration/engineering, Windows administration, desktop support and business intelligence/reporting services.
Big data seemed to be one of the main catalysts for firms to accept they needed more skilled staff and there was also a recognition that more help would be needed to meet the mobile challenge.
"IT departments across all sectors are facing a shortage of skilled professionals. A shift in technological advancement means that businesses are unable to fill critical back-office roles that support organisational growth and flexibility," said Neil Hedges , senior manager at Robert Half Technology.
"Big data is becoming a significant issue for organisations. Many are struggling to manage the vast amount of information passing through the business, and lack the tools required to analyse it in a reasonable time frame, using conventional techniques. Unfortunately we are experiencing a situation where demand is outweighing supply in certain areas, and companies are struggling to attract the requisite talent to support this change," he added.