Confidence Declines Among IT Workers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-28-2014 Email

Overall confidence among IT workers has slightly declined over the last quarter, according to the most-recent Employee Confidence Index from Randstad Technologies. When broken down, the findings send a mixed message to CIOs and other managers: Fewer tech professionals believe the economy is getting stronger, and many sense that less jobs are available. But an increasing percentage of IT workers are confident in their ability to find a new job. It doesn't hurt that certain tech niches continue to surge in demand, providing opportunities for both in-house staffers and external talent. "Many of our clients are implementing a lean IT model composed of a technology team of internal resources and outsourced talent," says Bob Dickey, group president of technology and engineering at Randstad, a staffing organization. "In fact, many companies are outsourcing all or certain segments of their IT platform, particularly for hard-to-find IT skills. For example, there are two high demand segments of the IT sector which represent both traditional skills and the most cutting-edge. SAP database skills may seem outdated, but the demand is still quite high. Finding database resources is difficult today and will only grow more challenging in the future. Then there's the Internet of Things (IoT)—predicted by Gartner to grow to 26 billion units in 2020, a nearly 30-fold increase from 2009." More than 185 IT workers participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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