Developers and software engineers most in demand in 2016, report finds

New research has revealed that developers and software engineers will be top of the list of in-demand IT and technology jobs for 2016.

UK technology news website V3 produced the report using data from job site CV-Library and recruitment firm Harvey Nash. They looked at which tech and IT roles are most in demand, using headhunting activity to come up with the final list. An additional factor was which kinds of roles offered the best salaries.

The results showed that developers were the most headhunted by other firms and recruiters, with 62% of respondents having 10 or more qualified enquiries or approaches from headhunters per year. Next on the list were:

  • Software engineers at 55%
  • Design UX/UI professionals at 48%
  • Architects at 43%
  • Database engineers at 40%
  • Web developers at 39%
  • Testing specialists at 37%
  • Project managers at 35%
  • CIO and CTOs at 15%

How does this compare to last year?

Last year’s statistics showed that business analysts, project managers, web developers and software developers were at the top of the list for most in-demand IT jobs in 2015. However, with regards to the biggest year-on-year increases, the best performers were front-end developers with an increase of 60%, C# developers (44%) and Java developers (34%).

As for the highest salaries in each particular role, the 2015 figures showed that big data architects were the best paid last year. Following closely were Cisco network engineers, application architects, service design leads and software engineers. At the bottom of the list, but still drawing in an average maximum salary over well over £155,000 were business development managers, commercial directors and web solution architects. CV-Library’s managing director Lee Biggins comments on the current situation, explaining:

“The data shows that IT organisations and departments are looking for experts in their field, and are willing to pay for technical proficiency,”

Good news for graduates

The data from the V3 report also reveals some very good news for IT graduates and those currently studying. IT departments are increasingly wanting to find and hire the most talented graduates, as Lee Biggins explains:

“In fact our recent data shows that IT graduates are the third most sought-after across all sectors. An increase in demand for graduates is indicative of the impending skills gap facing the sector. Businesses are looking for young talent that they can train and mould to fit business needs,”

63% of IT employees looking for new jobs

Another fascinating statistic that has emerged recently comes from Hays UK, which in its annual report ‘Salary & Recruiting Trends 2016’ revealed that a massive 63% of IT professionals were planning to change jobs this year. The reason, according to 31% of these disgruntled employees, is because they are seeking higher pay.

SOLOS Recruitment Consultants specialise in the IT and technology sectors, finding the best and brightest talent and matching them to their dream roles. If you’re looking for a new challenge in IT, or you’re a company with a skills gap to fill, get in touch with the SOLOS team today.


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