More companies are adding IT staff, but that hiring’s going on in business units, not a central services IT department. The trend toward alignment of IT with business processes is feeding what could be the biggest trend of the year – an ongoing demand for business-savvy techs. That means more people who can work as business analysts and project managers. On Dice, a search for project managers came up more than 14,000 listings. A search for business analysts returned about 9,500 results. Whatever you do, Robert Half says that having a “business mindset” will be a key to standing out from others this year.
Mashable sees a continuing “war for talent” in IT, especially in tech-centric locales such as the Bay Area and Austin. One piece of evidence: Google’s 10 percent raises and big holiday bonuses to prevent its workers from being poached. That would be the kind of poaching Google used to do, but we won’t talk about that. Anyway, new job openings in the Bay Area are up an average of 17 percent in the last three months.
All those politicians who say small business is the real generator of jobs may be right. Small and medium-sized businesses plan to cease layoffs during 2011. More than 40 percent expect to increase their staffs. Another 53 percent expect their staff size to remain the same. Only 5 percent plan layoffs, down from 10 percent last year.