If you're looking for a career in IT, 2015 may just be your year. As more businesses incorporate technology to enhance their services and decision-making processes, the demand for skilled IT workers will continue to rise in the coming year. CareerBuilder's recent survey found that more than half of IT employers (54 percent) are planning to hire full-time, permanent employees, and 59 percent will add temporary or contract workers.
A rising tide
Nearly 4 in 5 IT employers (78 percent) reported that their organization is in a better financial position than it was a year ago, and that economic prosperity may be being translated into higher pay for IT workers.
Eighty-seven percent of IT employers say they expect to raise wages for current employees, and 75 percent will offer higher starting salaries for new employees. Additionally, minimum wage workers in the IT field may be getting a pay hike this year, as 47 percent of IT employers are planning to increase their company's minimum wage.
As the competition for landing top IT talent continues to heat up, many employers are offering more than just increased salaries. Half of IT employers say their organization provides their employees with financial assistance toward earning advanced degrees, and 23 percent say they're offering employees full-rides. Additionally, 3 in 5 IT employers (60 percent) are offering more flexible work arrangements – including alternate schedules, compressed workweeks, summer hours, job sharing and sabbaticals.
Workers of all ages
IT employers are planning to fill their new open positions with candidates from a variety of sources. Over half (53 percent) say it is "likely" or "very likely" that they will rehire retirees from other companies in 2015. Additionally, 7 in 10 IT employers say they'll be hiring recent college graduates, and 35 percent say they'll increase the number of recent grads their organization brings onboard this year.
Skills gap persists
While IT employers may be anticipating a growing number of open positions in the coming year, 62 percent still believe there is a considerable gap between the skills their organization needs and the skills job candidate actually have. About half (48 percent) report having open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates, and more than half (54 percent) have vacancies that stay unfilled for 12 weeks or longer.
Eric Presley is the chief technology officer at CareerBuilder.