In what has been a most extraordinary 12 months, we wanted to understand the prospects for IT professionals as we look forward to another year of disruption and change. How strong will the IT recruitment market be and which skills are in most demand? Has the pandemic changed hiring plans and which IT skills are no longer considered critical?
The 2021 IDG Insider Pro and Computerworld IT Salary Survey of 1,172 IT professionals reveals a changing landscape, accelerated by the IT demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 48 percent of the survey respondents were in either senior or mid-level management roles, so we have focused on what leaders are thinking and planning. Of course, any forward thinking at this point in time is going to be dominated by the impact of COVID-19. Leaders will be influenced, to some extent, by economic outlooks for 2021. PwC predicts economies in decline (with the exception of China, Ireland and Turkey), analysis mirrored by FitchRatings’ global economic outlook.
The IT industry, however, has been buoyed by the rapid acceleration of digital transformations, as many organizations reacted at lightening pace, to the demands of remote working. According to our survey, half (50 percent) of IT leaders expect IT headcount to increase this year. Just eight percent are expecting a decrease in headcount, with 48 percent predicting it will remain the same.