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2012: Year of fast changes for IT professionals

Leo King | Dec. 19, 2011
2012 is set to be a year in which new opportunities start to rise for IT professionals, even though budgets are tight, according to the predictions of industry participants.

In spite of the tough job market, security skills will be in high demand as cloud computing takes off and end users increasingly use their own tablets and phones to handle corporate data.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, said that while skills demands were constantly shifting, it expects "information security to continue to be a key skill and management issue - information is one of the most valuable assets organisations own and being able to protect it is vital".

"Deep technical skills will continue to be in demand," it said, but "IT professionals with hybrid skills, those who can combine a high level of technical skills and so called 'soft' skills in roughly equal proportions, will be the most sought after in the future, as they will be able to help their organisation differentiate themselves from their competitors."

Employment website the IT Job Board said that among those with advanced IT knowledge looking for permanent roles, "SQL will be the core skill" next year, with a notable growth in demand in recent months.

The highest demand for contract skills would be in finance roles, and in London, it said.

The highest paid permanent salary, as the new year arrives, is for a Senior Applications Designer - a role that can earn £200,000. Among contractors, the best day rates are across a range of skills, with people earning up to £1,126 for a day's work. But it pointed out that this was the absolute maximum it had seen.

Testing firm SQS Group noted the "meteoric rise" of Agile methodology this year, and said this raised a new skills demand.

"Technology houses will be looking to have not just development staff, but testing, project management and business analysts trained in the Agile methodology."


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