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IT Jobs - Market Overview 2018

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“Technology job sector in Ireland to grow by 23% in 2018.”

Thoughts on the Market

Java/Scala
2017 was a busy year in the world of development in Ireland. We saw more companies fully embracing forward-thinking methodologies and technologies such as microservices architecture, continuous deployment with cloud-based infrastructure (Azure, AWS etc.), following a test first approach within heavily agile environments. There has been continued growth in functional programming with Scala, F#, Clojure, Haskell, Elixir and Erlang heading the list. There has also been a big spike in businesses incorporating artificial intelligence and all the possibilities it brings;  machine learning, natural language processing and cognitive analytics for example. It will definitely be interesting to watch throughout 2018 to see what can be achieved! 

Many companies are moving traditional full-stack development roles towards working closely with frontend teams, with many java developers learning some of the ever popular JavaScript frameworks such as AngularJS.

The difficulty for employers throughout 2018 will be much the same as 2017 – attracting top talent! With many companies looking to scale up their operations, competition continues to be fierce leading many companies to look outside of Ireland for top talent. With many companies recognising the importance of the candidate’s experience throughout the hiring process, we expect to see a massive decrease in what can be painstakingly lengthy application and interview processes to increase efficiency and chance of securing the talent they need.


IT Security/IT Risk/IT Audit

As technology led environments in the workplace grow, so too does the cyber security risk of that company. Now more than ever, a company’s brand depends on its performance and conduct in security risks and data breaches. These advancements along with the imminent GDPR regulations should place information security at the forefront of any business’ priorities. 

IT risk and compliance are at an all-time high in demand with the impending GDPR regulations. Companies are now revising their IT risk and compliance policies to ensure they are not in breach of any data protection regulations given the severe financial and reputational implications this would have. As a result, there has been an increase in the demand for IT security managers, IT auditors and IT risk specialists, who can review a company’s policies and procedures and design an airtight security strategy. GDPR expertise is now probably the most sought-after skillset in the Irish job market. 

Infrastructure

With more and more companies investing in their IT infrastructure to upgrade systems and avoid any ‘down-time’, we are seeing a rise in IT infrastructure engineer positions moving towards project-based work as well as BAU support for both internal and external clients.


Product

Multinational product companies are keen to focus on EMEA market, and Dublin is often their first choice. Due to that, they need reliable, capable and motivated product managers and product owners to support their products and develop new ones. As the number of product companies grows, product professionals will be in high demand in 2018.


Microsoft/.Net

The development market is fast changing, therefore candidates and clients need to be able to adapt. As a result, .Net candidates will again be in demand for 2018. Clients are looking for candidates that are experts in their domain and who can bring added value to their team and company.


Mobile & Gaming

With creativity at an all-time high, the Irish gaming industry is thriving. Allowing candidates to combine their passion for working with ground-breaking technologies with their love of gaming, we are seeing a noticeable trend of more and more candidates moving towards this area. 

From award-winning freelance game makers to multinational companies, Ireland has now established itself as a hotspot for gaming. Further to this, Ireland has hosted international events such as Games eXpo, PlayersXpo, and GamerCon showing our strong standing on an international stage.

As a result, 2018 will see an increase in not only traditional game developers but also new hybrid roles including gaming mathematicians, sound engineers, game producers as well as gaming project managers.


Data

With a global movement towards data intelligence, Ireland is now a world leader in big data, machine learning, AI, fintech, and cloud computing. 

Companies can no longer expect to compete on a global platform without exploring their data in depth. Furthermore, smaller organisations are beginning to catch the “big data bug” after realizing the potential behind the information they already hold. 

We are therefore seeing an increase in roles within this area, from BI analysts to data engineers, ETL developers to big data developers. There also seems to be a rise in not only data science positions but also in data modelling roles.


Web  Development

The expectation of what a website should do is growing. Developers are being asked to build very complicated things very quickly and have them work very well and very fast. Companies that are asking what the trends are today are already behind the competition, companies need to be asking what the trends will be tomorrow. The demand for skilled developers will continue to rise as companies continue to outbid each other in order to keep good talent. This, in turn, will continue to drive up market salaries and competition across the market.


QA

With more and more software companies choosing Ireland as their base of operations, the job market for IT professionals is booming, in particular, the need for QA engineers has never been higher. Companies are investing hugely in their QA teams and we will continue to see this rise going into 2018. 


Business Analyst

We are seeing an increase in the number of business analyst positions that are becoming available.


Project Management

The job market for project managers is also increasing. Employers are looking for project managers who are coming from a business analyst background and have the ability to be hands on.


Salaries

In a market that continues to be heavily candidate led in 2018, we expect to see a further uplift in salaries across the year for all levels of experience. Candidates can expect to receive multiple offers as well as counteroffers from their current company. This will focus attention on overall benefits packages as well as career prospects within a company.


Top Tip for 2018

Demonstrate a willingness to explore new technologies. With many companies seeking to explore the latest options, hiring managers are increasingly looking for candidates who have a similar outlook.


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Posted by Eoin Langdon on 26 April 2018

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