Cybersecurity, Policies and Training

Need for Skilled Cybersecurity Professionals Isn’t Going Away in 2019

One of the biggest news items of 2018 was the massive and still growing gap between organizations looking to hire skilled cybersecurity professionals and their overall dearth in the job market. This gap continues to expand in spite of the effort of corporations and governments around the world to steer people into cybersecurity careers. Recruitment and staffing firm Robert Half Technology’s new State of U.S. Tech Hiring research shows that this trend is likely to continue well into the new year.

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According the the report, 63% of IT hiring decision makers polled plan to expand the size of their teams by adding full-time employees. However, 87% of those surveyed said it’s challenging for their company to find skilled IT professionals.

Respondents cited the following skills as immediately needed for their organizations:

1.    Cybersecurity
2.    Cloud security
3.    Cloud computing
4.    Cloud architecture
5.    Business intelligence and reporting services
6.    Database management
7.    Virtualization
8.    Web development/design*
8.    Mobile development*

*Denotes a tie.

Almost all respondents (95%) said they will bring on project professionals to support their teams in the first six months of the new year. In addition, 90% of IT leaders said they are upskilling or training current employees on in-demand technology skills.

“Along with a strong core team, project professionals are becoming an integral part of organizations’ staffing strategies to get the best and brightest on board quickly for key projects,” said John Reed, executive vice president of Robert Half. “Digital and security initiatives continue to put pressure on IT departments, adding to the need for talent.”

Reed continued, “Training and upskilling team members, especially for the most critical skills, helps keep the business competitive and demonstrates your commitment to employees’ professional growth.”

Additional research findings:

  • Nearly all IT leaders (97%) noted they are confident in their company’s prospects for growth in the first half of 2019.
  • Besides recruitment, maintaining security, innovation, investing in new technologies and cloud projects will be top priorities for tech managers in the first six months of the new year.
  • Cloud computing is the top skill employers are currently training their IT teams on, followed by security, project management, data science and machine learning/artificial intelligence.

Hiring plans remain robust across the map. The table below shows percentages of technology managers from 28 U.S. cities who expect to add to their teams in the first half of 2019.

Rank

U.S. City

% of Tech
Leaders
Expanding
Teams

Rank

U.S. City

% of Tech
Leaders
Expanding
Teams

1

Houston, TX

80%

14

Los Angeles, CA*

69%

2

Charlotte, NC

77%

16

Detroit, MI

68%

3

Phoenix, AZ

76%

17

Boston, MA*

64%

4

Chicago, IL*

75%

17

Pittsburgh, PA*

64%

4

Dallas, TX*

75%

17

Raleigh, NC*

64%

6

Miami, FL

74%

17

San Francisco, CA*

64%

7

Washington, D.C.

73%

21

Salt Lake City, UT

63%

8

Nashville, TN*

72%

22

Cincinnati, OH*

62%

8

St. Louis, MO*

72%

22

Indianapolis, IN*

62%

10

New York, NY*

71%

24

Austin, TX*

59%

10

Seattle, WA*

71%

24

Des Moines, IA*

59%

12

Cleveland, OH*

70%

26

Minneapolis, MN*

56%

12

Philadelphia, PA*

70%

26

San Diego, CA*

56%

14

Denver, CO*

69%

28

Atlanta, GA

52%

*Denotes a tie

About the Research
The online survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by a leading independent research firm. The report is based on responses from more than 2,800 IT decision makers in 28 major U.S. markets. All IT respondents were screened to have hiring authority for the information systems or information technology department of a company.

About Robert Half Technology
With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at roberthalf.com/technology. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2019 Salary Guide.