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IT Jobs - Market Overview 2018

IT Jobs - Market Overview 2018

“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. Looking for an IT job? Check out our latest jobs here

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Hiring The Right IT Professional

Hiring The Right IT Professional

With the abundance of opportunities for IT professionals within the job market in Ireland, how can you tell if you are hiring the right person? The IT professional is most definitely faced with both opportunity and competition. As IT is such a broad term, there are niches within this industry where the IT professional can specialize. Niches include Software Programming, Software Testing, Website Design, IT Administration, Application or Technical Support, Business Analysis or Project Management but there are also further niches and some roles can even crossover. To establish the goals and interests of a candidate it depends on the questions you can ask at the initial meeting. The most important aspect in understanding an IT professional is to understand their ambitions, the culture they admire in the workplace and what they value from an opportunity. The Values of an IT Professional? The same factors are hugely important to IT professionals as in other areas such as Salary, Location, Benefits Package and Career Progression. Along with the above, there are other factors to consider in the IT sector. Technology is rapidly transforming, and for an IT professional it may be important to join a company that is progressive and that keeps up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Staying current with technologies also means investing in training. IT professionals may favor companies who will invest in ongoing support and training for staff. Company history and type of company can be hugely important to an IT professional. Is this an IT position in a tech company or a non-technical business industry? Is it a startup or a well-established company? What are the company’s plans? Are they expanding? These are questions for a HR Manager to be aware of at interview stage and, they may be important factors for an IT candidate in choosing a new position. The Culture Fit This year 11 technology companies made the list of the Top 25 companies with the best culture and values (more than any other industry). This shows the importance of culture in the IT industry and how it is vital for finding the right fit. Tips for this include asking some of the following questions: what do you enjoy where would you like to see yourself in five years what would be your ideal role/company/industry These questions can really help an employer understand an individual rather than trying to put their recruitment needs in front of the individual’s best interests. With the majority of IT companies choosing to adopt an agile culture while the majority of IT professionals being introvert in nature it is important to really understand the candidate’s personality traits before moving forward so questions like “how do you deal with pressure” and “what are your strengths and weaknesses” can give you some indication of the fit. Having this conversation establishes credibility and shows the candidate that you firstly, understand their needs and secondly, know your market place and can offer advice based on their interests. It is really in everyone’s best interest to ensure a great match between your company and candidates. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to hiring the best IT professional for your organisation.

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Ireland’s Thriving IT Sector – Europe’s Silicon Valley

Ireland’s Thriving IT Sector – Europe’s Silicon Valley

Ireland has a thriving indigenous IT sector and is home to the second highest concentration of ICT multinationals in the world, outside of Silicon Valley. Forty per cent of Ireland’s GDP – some €72bn per annum – comes from its technology sector, which employs more than 105,000 people. Since 2011, more than 15,000 jobs have been announced in the sector, making Ireland the go-to place to locate international Tech headquarters. According to the Government’s ICT Skills Action Plan 2014, Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018, with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000. Ireland’s skilled, educated workforce and competitive corporation tax continues to attract foreign investment, with 9 out of the top 10 global ICT companies maintaining a presence in Ireland, and all of the top 5 software companies. This is accompanied by strong performances from our indigenous SMEs and an increasing number of innovative, well-funded Irish start-ups who are gaining recognition on a global level. The Irish government are dedicated supporters of the Irish ICT sector. They have created a number of initiatives to encourage and support new start-up activity such as schemes to relax visa requirements for non-EU citizens with in demand IT skills and have increased investment in research. The Technology Centre in Data Analytics is a collaboration between DIT, UCD and UCC, and is part of the sustained effort to make Ireland top of the market. IT employers in Ireland can recruit from a domestic talent pool of highly skilled, flexible candidates, with experience in leading global companies, and also, from a large number of mobile professionals from across the EU. These candidates are actively looking to relocate, attracted by Ireland’s ‘IT Hub’ reputation. Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia’s entry to the EU has expanded the skilled talent pools accessible to Irish employers.

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IT Sector Sees Salary Uplift Continue Into Second Half Of 2017

IT Sector Sees Salary Uplift Continue Into Second Half Of 2017

With Ireland firmly recognised as an IT hub, with a blend of companies ranging from multinationals to SMEs and a strong start-up culture, it will continue to attract talent from around Europe as well as support a strong indigenous talent pool. Companies in Ireland have geared recruitment processes accordingly and the vast majority of teams are now truly multicultural. Ireland’s IT sector is world-renowned and is expected to grow much larger. Our reputation as a centre of software excellence is unrivaled in Europe. It is home to over 900 software companies, including both multinational and indigenous firms, employing over 100,000 people and generating €80 billion of exports annually. The sector’s wide ranging activities include software development, R&D, business services and EMEA/International headquarters. Almost every globally recognised software company has a base in Ireland. This has not only catapulted Ireland to being one of the major global players in the software sector, but has created a deep pool of talent that has turned Ireland into a hotbed for indigenous firms. In a market that continues to be heavily candidate led, we expect to see a further uplift in salaries across the remainder of the year for all levels of experience. Candidates can expect to receive multiple offers as well as counter offers from their current company. This will focus attention on overall benefits packages as well as career prospects within a company in the IT sector. Last year we saw a continuation in the uplift of salaries across all skill-sets, particularly with JavaScript, Java, Functional development (Scala, Clojure, GO, Erlang) and Python developer salaries at senior level. Typical increases have ranged from 7-8% for candidates with a couple of years’ strong commercial experience, and increases of 10%+ for over half the mid and senior level candidates who either moved company or received a salary increase. Software Development in the IT Sector Last year was another successful year for software developers in Ireland, particularly in the areas of Java and further demand for the emerging functional languages of Scala and Clojure. We witnessed a large number of Java developers transitioning to these new technologies, which looks set to continue into the near future as companies explore the capabilities of this further. The Java development market will remain extremely strong for the rest of the year with continued demand for Java developers at all levels of experience. The challenge for employers year is the ability to attract top talent which is the primary factor impacting team growth, and therefore scalability, for many companies. We expect to see a further shortening of the interview process from application to offer and other more aggressive recruitment policies. Design More and more businesses are discovering the value of customization, the opportunity to deliver a customized experience, and the additional revenue potential that can be generated from it. Customization has become increasingly significant to brand name companies because it’s now part of a broader trend, which shifts from viewing customers as recipients of value to co-creators of value. Rather than being passive, the customer is now becoming a crucial part of the experience. What we have learnt from the past year is that the IT sector is continuing to develop at an accelerated pace and the skills in the market are slightly behind what companies are seeking. The recruitment of overseas candidates is becoming more widely recognised in order to fill the demand in the current market. Companies are having to be more flexible in their actual requirements or be more open to training and development. One of the major skill shortages and demands for candidates that we have seen recently is in the area of front end development, in frameworks such as AngularJS and React. Infrastructure The most prevalent skills that are still required are in the areas of Windows, UNIX and Linux, with virtualisation a key aspect of an emerging technology skill set that’s required in this space also (VMWare, Hyper V, VDI etc.). Network Engineering is also finally moving with the times, with software defined networking (Openstack technologies etc.) catching up on other more traditional areas that have been automated before. Specialists with experience in this field will be very sought after over the coming year, whilst IT security and cyber security are areas that remain particularly buoyant. With the continued emergence and advancement of cloud based technologies across the industry, this trend is set to continue for some time to come. The trend towards automation looks set to continue, with DevOps and collaboration services being the key drivers of technology in this area. Recruitment challenges are similar to 2016, in that companies are looking to hire candidates with similar skills from a talent pool that remains competitive. Gaming Ireland has witnessed dynamic growth within the mobile and games development industry with a dramatic increase in both indie and multinational gaming organisations. Employment within this industry has increased tenfold in recent years with over 7,000 candidates directly employed today. There has also been an increase in the number of companies using mobile applications across other sectors such animation, film, consumer internet and e-learning. This in turn has caused a surge in the demand for experienced individuals within this specialised industry with many companies sourcing candidates from Ireland as well as mainland EU. Data Analytics With companies becoming more aware of the commercial opportunities from Big Data, we are seeing a major increase in investment for recruitment within this vertical. Ireland is fast becoming a world leader in Big Data, machine learning, AI, Fintech and cloud computing. Further to this, we are beginning to see an increase in non-technological companies leveraging analytics to help gain a competitive edge within their market space. This means that more traditional analytics roles are being combined to form a unique combination of skills that may not have been seen before.

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Galway H91 PC04, Ireland.

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Tralee, Co. Kerry

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Email: kerry@sigmar.ie