Sunday, September 07, 2008
IT Hiring Index & Skills Report | Q4 2008
"Organizations are directing recruitment efforts toward professionals who can . . . support the launch of Web 2.0 based functionality."
This is one conclusion reached as a result of a quarterly survey of Chief Information Officers (CIOs).
Robert Half Technology
According to a quarterly hiring index compiled by Robert Half Technology there will be a net increase in hiring in the greater Boston area during the fourth quarter. Here are the hiring plans for Boston Metro area technology executives according to The Boston Globe:
- 13 percent plan to add staff
- 5 percent anticipate personnel reductions
Skills in Demand
While Web professionals are not the top hiring priority for CIOs, Web development / website design skills are valued by 42% of those surveyed.
The Skills Behind Web 2.0
Earlier this year PC World published an article by Katherine Spencer Lee, the same Robert Half Technology executive who announces the quarterly skills report. In the article entitled Web 2.0: The Skills Behind the Buzzword she outlined many of the skills that she feels comprise a Web 2.0 skillset including the following:
- Microsoft .NET
All of the skills mentioned above are in the Top 20 listed in the right-hand column. The September Boston Market Report reveals that "Web 2.0" is in 24th position on the skills-in-demand list ahead of the following popular design-oriented skills:
- Dreamweaver | #25
- InDesign | #34
- Fireworks | #46
Adding Web 2.0 skills and experience to your resume will not only help open up doors with technology executives, they may even make you the coolest kid on your block!