By Nicholas Greene
A survey of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from across Australia reveals that IT budgets are going up in most businesses, with CIOs focusing their attention on mobility and cloud services in the year ahead.
Thirty-five per cent of those surveyed listed mobility as their number 1 target area over the next 12 months, with another 25 per cent focusing on cloud services. Digital ranked third at 21 per cent.
IT expansion is on the rise for CIOs, with 60 per cent saying their IT budget has grown in the past year, and 36 per cent expecting their head count of IT employees to grow in the next 12 months.
The data comes from the Michael Page Technology 2014/15 CIO Viewpoint report.
“More than half of CIOs are looking to hire permanent staff, with a high demand for Business Analysts as well as IT professionals with service management skills and experience with agile software development,” said Corin Cheeseman, director, Michael Page Technology.
“Advances in big data, mobility and cloud will continue to drive a strong requirement for Program Managers and Architects over the coming year. The preference towards hiring technology professionals on a temporary basis continues to grow due to fixed project budgets.”
The report also revealed that those areas of advancement are no being met with local talent, as CIOs say finding IT professionals with leadership and business sense is not easy. More than one-half of the respondents, some 58 per cent, say they would consider finding candidates internationally due to the dearth of talent in their own market.
Cloud services, digital marketing and e-commerce have been identified as the main skills shortages in the current market, and some CIOs report difficulty finding advanced soft business skills such as leadership and business acumen.