How is Cloud Adoption Changing IT Staffing Trends?

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Competition from mega data centers, the cloud and virtualization as well as adoption of automation and management software is leading to downsizing and doing more with less – which translates to significant changes in IT hiring trends. According to a study by TEKsystems, 81% of IT leaders say it is difficult to find quality candidates, and almost half don’t expect to fill an IT position within the anticipated time frame. Meanwhile, only about a third of CIOs believe their organization have the skills in-house to address all of their needs.

This is being made all the more acute by the changes taking place within IT. The cloud, convergence, the Internet of Things (IoT), virtualization and mobility have shifted the demands being placed upon the data center. Modern technology configurations and a reliance on external services are shifting staffing, training priorities, and consequently IT hiring trends.

Mega data centers operated by the likes of Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure now compete with enterprise IT departments for the same pool of talent. When you factor in attribution, the aging workforce and the fact that many younger people want to work elsewhere, competition within the IT labor pool is only going to get worse. So what changes in IT staffing trends should we expect to see in the near future?

IT Hiring Trends and Importance of Internal IT

What is likely to happen (and can be seen within many companies today) is greater importance given to brokerage duties between the cloud and internal IT. These personnel act as the interface between vendors, IT and line of business leaders. They manage contracts and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) as well as procurement of cloud services.

These IT recruitment trends are supported by the CompTIA IT Skills Gap survey. It shows the existence of a significant shortfall of IT talent. Additionally, the latest report from Foote Partners discovered that the average market value for many IT skills has increased for eight consecutive quarters. That highlights the fact that IT skills are in high demand and this is showing up as higher pay rates. Therefore, IT managers can expect it to be tougher to hire in new talent, they are likely going to have to pay more for these individuals if they have any chance of landing them, and they are going to face far more pressure than ever to retain their current staff roster, many of whom will be on the shortlists of persuasive headhunters.