9 Hiring Trends for the Most In-Demand IT Jobs in 2022

Skills development and talent management are both challenges and opportunities that span all industry verticals and roles – for companies of all sizes. These challenges are exacerbated throughout the pandemic as most companies fundamentally change some business practices and subsequently fill new or emerging roles, especially in IT.

DevOps Institute 2022 IT Skills Upgrading Report and Survey studied critical global and regional IT skills capabilities and learned that insufficient resources and skills gaps are the top global challenge. From a global perspective, 40% of our respondents said a shortage of resources and skills is one of their top three challenges today.

The most acute skills gaps relate to cognitive, technical, process and framework skills. To identify skills gaps, we leverage eight skills. Our survey explored the position that business leaders and individuals had towards each of them in relation to the shortcomings they saw. Cognitive skills capability includes analytical skills, quantitative and statistical knowledge, statistics, data modeling, and artificial intelligence and machine learning knowledge, all essential skills for digital transformation and digital business growth.

9 IT Upskilling and Hiring Trends in 2022

Below are nine development and hiring trends leaders need to know about for top IT roles in 2022:

1. IT operations professionals are in demand

In 2022, the demand for IT operations engineers and developers will be high. Sixty percent of respondents to our survey said they were hiring for IT operations engineering, and 48 percent were looking for a developer in an Ops role.

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2. DevOps Engineer is still the most hired title

We’ve had this conversation since the inception of DevOps, and many are saying that DevOps Engineer isn’t a title. In fact, DevOps Engineer (34%) is still the most popular job title to get hired. The next title is Software Engineer (34%), followed by Site Reliability Engineer (31%).

3. There are barriers to skills development

We asked, “What do you think are the current barriers to skills development in your organization? Some answers: lack of time (53%), lack of budget (47%), lack of offers (32%), improving skills not being a top priority for leadership (20%) and emphasis on hiring rather than improving skills (19%). ).

For resilient IT professionals hungry for training, the predominant model of funding skills upgrading is for IT companies to either reimburse the employee for the cost of training or establish a limited budget that can be leveraged.

4. Only 50% of enterprise IT organizations have a formal development program

Twenty-seven percent are currently developing one, and after probing further into the development program stage, we found that most of them are still in the evaluation stage.

5. Skills development is on the rise

Overall, people have mastered the skills they need for the job (67%), learned a new skill in the past 12 months (95%), and use a newly learned skill frequently (60%) or moderately (31%). ).

6. Application of newly learned skills is poor

While more than 95% of respondents said they learned a new skill in the past 12 months, only 33% of respondents said they applied the newly learned skill.

7. Certifications are very valuable

Most respondents (54%) perceive the various IT certifications as very valuable. With certifications, IT professionals can demonstrate their technical knowledge by being able to apply important DevOps principles and practices to real-world use cases. Certifications also help IT professionals build credibility and set themselves apart from other candidates by demonstrating that they have acquired the skills desired for a particular or emerging role.

8. Happiness is relative

When asked if individuals were satisfied with their jobs, 31% of respondents said they were very satisfied, while 4% said they were very unhappy. A study of Haystack Analysis found that 83% of developers said they encountered Burnout due to the pandemic. In the study, the main reasons for burnout included a higher workload, inefficient processes, and unclear goals and targets. Personal factors, followed by compensating factors, would increase happiness.

Of course, much depends on industry, age, actual job, and other factors.

[ Get more tips: 3 ways CIOs prevent burnout ]

9. Technical skills are more in demand than soft skills for today’s recruiters

IT company managers are hiring more for technical skills. Fifty percent of respondents are looking for technical skills, while only 33% of respondents are looking for soft skills.

IT leadership is on the radar of management teams and investors. While equipping staff with remote working capabilities and adhering to governance, risk, and compliance regulations, leaders must also ensure secure access, enable access to data and applications, and focus on collaboration and communication.

All in all, improving skills is both a professional and an organizational imperative. For leaders and individuals to jointly own the development of an IT workforce, skill and talent development cannot happen without strategy and planning. Hopefully, the above trends and data help everyone better understand the most pressing needs and challenges surrounding positions to be filled or developed internally.

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