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Specialist IT Skills Still Sought

Specialist IT Skills Still Sought After Despite Recession

Experienced IT candidates able to demonstrate a number of highly-sought after skills are still very much in demand according to recent trends identified by specialist IT recruiter, First Point Recruitment.
Hot areas still attracting and employing candidates include software development and software testing, in addition to business analysis, where there is large demand for those with strong project management skills.
Tom Fahey, First Points Managing Director, maintains that opportunities still exist for the right individuals.

As a result of the credit crunch, companies are trying to keep overheads as low as possible, he explains. This means experienced candidates able to work across different roles are very much in demand, as employers look to make the most of available IT expertise.

For example, e-commerce businesses are looking for software performance testers that understand website building and architecture, as well as front end management. Equally, test managers with hands-on experience are also in demand, as companies look to combine ability with people management skills. In software development, demand continues for those experienced in Agile Scrum .Net 3.5 Silverlight and Microsoft SharePoint.
We are seeing many organisations reducing the contract base to save costs and demanding more from permanent employees. This places increasing importance on being to operate across roles. Despite an influx of competent individuals, specialised skills set the best candidates apart.

We advise candidates to focus their attention on the key areas currently seeing an increase in availability. Now is the time for experienced candidates to shine. There are still plenty of opportunities for those with the right skill sets.

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