Two IT skills in de­mand

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HELP desk and pro­ject man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence are in de­mand by em­ploy­ers who want to hire in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy work­ers, an in­dus­try sur­vey finds.

The lat­est Skill­sMatch ICT Skills Dash­board re­veals job­seek­ers should fo­cus on up­skilling in these two ar­eas if they want to have a bet­ter chance of be­ing hired.

The Dash­board, con­ducted by In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Con­tract and Re­cruit­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, finds there are on av­er­age seven suit­able can­di­dates for each role which is ad­ver­tised, com­pared with an av­er­age of nine can­di­dates for ev­ery role at the same time last year.

But only two of the top 10 skills in de­mand by em­ploy­ers are be­ing of­fered by can­di­dates.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Mills says the op­por­tu­ni­ties for a good job are there for can­di­dates.

‘‘With the num­ber of suit­able can­di­dates for each role de­creas­ing, job seek­ers who can of­fer em­ploy­ers the skills they are look­ing for are at an ad­van­tage,’’ she says.

‘‘How­ever, there is still lit­tle cor­re­la­tion be­tween the skills em­ploy­ers are re­quest­ing and those of­fered by can­di­dates.’’

The Dash­board finds it takes an av­er­age of 25.7 work­ing days for em­ploy­ers to fill a va­cancy.

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