Knowledge of Microsoft .net development will be the most desired IT skill in 2006, according to a survey of 296 large employers by training company QA.
More than 100 companies said .net development skills would be a training focus over the next 12 months. IT security, the next most mentioned skill, was only identified as a training objective by 69 employers.
Microsoft launched the .net Framework 2.0 last November with features that made application development more flexible.
Darren Burford, a .net Framework trainer at QA, said the new version of .net had increased the demand for application development in .net, and demand for people with .net expertise.
“The changes to ASP .net, the major updates to master pages, themes, profile states and log-in features will make projects easier, quicker and therefore cheaper,” he said.
The rise of the .net Framework during 2006 has also been highlighted by consultancy Foote Partners. It identified .net as an in-demand skill and applications developers who could work in .net as in-demand employees.
The number of IT jobs advertised requiring .net skills rose by 58% during 2005, according to the SSL/Computer Weekly Survey of Appointments Data and Trends. This compares with a 19% increase in all IT vacancies. Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 were the third and fourth most requested skills.
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