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Hays survey shows dearth of skilled IT talent

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Hays survey shows dearth of skilled IT talent

Hays survey shows dearth of skilled IT talent

Richard Eardly, Hays

Irish employers are having trouble hiring IT staff, with a new survey by recruitment firm Hays showing that 84pc of respondents would consider hiring a person with a non-IT background who has done a conversion course.

“Half of the survey’s employers are having difficulty hiring as there is a dearth of highly-skilled IT talent, not only in Ireland, but worldwide,” said James Milligan, business director for Hays IT.

“The reason the other half of the respondents aren’t having the same challenges is because they most likely outsource their highly technical requirements. General IT managers or support staff for hardware and minor software issues are a lot easier to come by.”

EMEA shared service centres, IT consultancy and the financial services sectors are the areas where skills are most in demand. Typically the shared service centres are hiring for first and second line IT support jobs with English and a second European language.

The consultancies are seeking java, .net and Oracle developers as well as experienced project and programme managers. Whilst the financial services sector is seeing demand for developers, testers and business analysts.

Many of these vacancies are currently being filled by contractors as companies are unable to source permanent candidates. Some organisations are looking overseas for these skills in permanent hires, in places like Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean countries and increasingly India.

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