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Winning the war on tech talent in 2015

Jacqui Whyatt, executive general manager, South East Asia, Talent International | Dec. 11, 2014
Jacqui Whyatt of Talent International tells us more about the key trends as well as new issues and opportunities for the local tech employment market next year.

Jacqui Whyatt
Jacqui Whyatt, executive general manager, South East Asia, Talent International

Over the past few years, tech candidates throughout the region have enjoyed a buoyant employment market, with demand far outpacing supply. This situation has meant that talented and savvy candidates have their pick of roles and they are becoming more demanding of the companies they will consider working for. These days, tech candidates aren't just researching a company before they accept a job offer; they're researching companies before they even apply.

So, what are the key trends for the local tech employment market in 2015? What trends will continue to flourish and what new issues and opportunities will we see emerge as we navigate the war for talent that continues throughout Asia?

The number one trend for tech employers and candidates alike that will continue into 2015, I believe,is the war for talent.

But what is it that the top candidates are looking for in new career opportunities? And how can employers navigate the market to ensure they secure the top talent? In 2015 and beyond, technology will continue to move at a phenomenal rate, we know this, so candidates are looking for opportunities where they gain access to new and emerging technologies to enhance their skill set. They're also looking for a global career path, as well as a trend that's impacting the employment market no matter the industry: flexible working conditions. Today's top tech candidate wants to know how an employer will invest in developing their skill set, they want a tangible career route and they want the opportunity to telecommute.

With that in mind, astute and mindful candidates are putting pressure on employers to be creative in their attraction and employee retention strategies. Candidates are responding well to the employers that get this right and are happily accepting roles with companies that offer them global opportunity, training and development, and flexibility. But on the flipside, employers are grappling with candidates who can't keep pace with the break-neck speed that technology is developing. Many of the technical skills currently in demand did not exist five years ago and there is a severe lack of talent in some burgeoning areas. Think of the Internet of Things (IOT), cloud computing, social media, cyber security, and the now ubiquitous, big data. Each of these employment areas did not exist several years ago, but in 2015 we will see demand for talent continue togrow.

In 2015 the really hot areas will be for a new kind of IT specialist - thanks to the rise of the IOT - those who can engineer new products and process the data they collect.  Demand for IT project managers and business analysts who are involved in data manipulation projects will continue. The move to a tablet-based society will continue to drive demand for JavaScript developers, particularly those with HTML5 and CSS3 skills for web development. This particular trend has seen Talent launch 'Java Bootcamps', an intense training program for university graduatesthat includes comprehensive technical training and upskilling, with a follow up internship with an organisation as part of the program.   


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