2005年 09月 02日
IT Hiring Still Hot: Survey Indicates Continued Growth
in Demand for Canada’s IT Professionals
-CNC Global, the Country’s Largest Provider of IT Staffing Solutions, Reveals Findings of Key IT Hiring Trends-
Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2005 -
The heat is on for Canada’s IT professionals as demand for technology skills has almost doubled in the last 18 months. CNC Global Limited, Canada’s leader in IT staffing solutions, is pleased to announce the latest in Canadian IT staffing trends as part of a company-wide research report. CNC Global’s Quarterly Trending Results: IT Staffing Requirements in the Canadian Market identifies key IT trends as demonstrated by some of Canada’s leading blue-chip companies and Small-Medium-Sized Enterprises. The study examines hiring and demand patterns, hiring requirements tracked across the country, job offers per candidate and IT positions that are most in demand. To coincide with the release of the Trending Results, a web poll has also been conducted by CNC Global with over 65% of respondents surveyed indicating that they expect their organizations to be hiring IT professionals in the next six months, reaffirming the strong growth numbers from the report.
“The current growth, as seen in the Trending Results, is a clear indication that there’s a strong demand for IT professionals right now,” comments Terry Power, President and COO of CNC Global. Budgets seem to be loosening and we’re seeing an increase in project starts, especially within large organizations. At the same time, the recent spike in requirements for full time IT professionals, suggests that employers are becoming more confident.”
Highlights from CNC Global’s Trending Results: IT Staffing Requirements in the Canadian Market:
• Overall demand for IT professionals has doubled in Canada over the last 18 months.
• Full time hiring is up significantly. Requirements (tracked across the country) have increased 24% over the past two quarters (January – June 2005) and have grown as a percentage of overall demand from 22 to 26%.
• Calgary showed the greatest increase in full time requirements. An 82% increase bumped full time requirements from 15 to 34% of total demand. In the Greater Toronto Area, full time requirements jumped from 24 to 34% of overall demand.
• This increased demand is putting pressure on the talent supply. Offers-percandidate are up. Twelve months ago, a good candidate could count on 1-2 solid offers. Today, the same candidate will see 4 or more. This is changing the dynamics of the marketplace. Employers are dealing with more turndowns and many are accepting their second or third choices.
• What positions are most in demand? Infrastructure remains a key driver,
hardware support, networking, helpdesk and similar roles account for 20-30% of demand, depending on the region. E-commerce experts are also highly sought after, especially web developers with skills in .net and J2EE.
• There has also been a steady demand for Senior Project Managers and
Business Analysts with industry-specific skills and familiarity with specialized technologies.
• IT workers are testing the waters more. Web site registrations on
www.cncglobal.com, one of the country's leading destinations for IT job seekers, increased to almost 50,000 from April to June, up from 36,000 from January to March.