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Today’s ICT professional: a 2015 profile

Today’s ICT professional: a 2015 profile
In 2015 we are seeing the emergence of a new ICT professional. An individual with strong technical knowledge coupled with softer skills, who can lead, innovate, negotiate and engage with the business to help drive its strategic direction.

In addition, they also value work life balance. When it comes to the top five things an ICT professional wants in a new job, 68% chose work life balance as the number one priority.

 
 
 

ICT in 2015: what hiring managers will want

ICT in 2015: what hiring managers will want
When you think about crucial ICT skills for 2015, you probably think about mobile apps, security, the cloud.

But in fact, the most in-demand skills in ICT now and going forward are the polar opposite to everything technical.

 
 
 

IT recruitment in 2015: is your business prepared?

IT recruitment in 2015: is your business prepared?
Competitive businesses know they need to stay at the forefront to keep up with ever emerging developments in ICT – but to adopt new technology, you need to find staff with the skills to manage it.

There are several recurring themes in the market when it comes to what ICT hiring managers anticipate will be the most in-demand skillsets in the next year or two – and demand for these roles, in turn, will see them become some of the most challenging to source.

 
 
 

ICT skills under the microscope: give us business savvy, say hiring managers

ICT skills under the microscope: give us business savvy, say hiring managers
Technology departments will continue to struggle to gain a seat at the leadership table unless IT leaders upskill and add critical business skills to their ICT skills profile, according to new Hudson research.

The digital economy is becoming more pervasive throughout business, yet marketing and sales can often be the main beneficiaries when it comes to increased influence at the executive table. While technology is now involved in the majority of initiatives across business, creating efficiencies and growing revenue streams, the enduring thinking within business often remains that IT is still a cost centre.

 
 
 

IT teams need management training: new research

IT teams need management training: new research
The new generation of ICT specialists are seeking a more professional work environment with an emphasis on management training, as new Hudson research reveals one in three IT managers were not trained in people management before being given a direct report.

What’s more, one in two IT professionals rate the people management skills of their IT manager as 'average'.

 
 
 

What makes a good IT project manager?

What makes a good IT project manager?
The key to choosing a great IT project manager may lie in their ability to be extremely adaptable, rather than how they fit a certain selection criteria.

Many organisations try to tick as many boxes as possible that match the industry, culture, behavioural and academic fit when selecting a person who will steer and deliver a project that may yield an evolutional change for the business.

 
 
 

Boiling point: Are today’s IT project managers under too much pressure?

Boiling point: Are today’s IT project managers under too much pressure?
A litany of failed or off-track projects has culminated in businesses withholding key information from newly recruited IT project managers, perpetuating the revolving door mentality permeating the industry.

Today’s IT project managers are finding it incredibly difficult to manage expectations as organisations come under increased pressure to deliver huge programs of work to strict timelines.

 
 
 

3 ways IT professionals differ from the rest of the workforce

3 ways IT professionals differ from the rest of the workforce
Money is vital and flexibility key, while job security is simply not a top motivator. When it comes to IT jobs, ICT professionals aren’t motivated by quite the same factors as other professions, Hudson research reveals.

Research undertaken for Hudson’s 2014 Salary & Employment Insights salary guides reveals ICT professionals are motivated by subtly different factors to other professions.

 
 
 

Men vs women in IT: what they want

Men vs women in IT: what they want
Salary is the top motivator for attracting and retaining ICT professionals, but after that, men and women who work in the sector have different priorities from each other – suggesting their staff retention also be approached in different ways, according to a new Hudson ICT infographic.

The infographic, taking data from Hudson’s research for the2014 Hudson Salary & Employment Insights, shows a larger salary is key to employee retention for both genders – 47% of male and 45% of female IT professionals said this was the single most important factor that would make them stay. From here, however, their priorities diverge.

 
 
 

Contractor vs permanent: who's more productive in ICT?

Contractor vs permanent: who's more productive in ICT?
Contractors who work in the ICT sector believe they are more productive than their permanent colleagues – although this view appears out of step with employers.

79% of people who work in contract roles in the ICT sector consider themselves more productive than permanent staff members, according to research for Hudson’s ICT Salary & Employment Insights 2014.

 
 
 
 

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