No Seismic Shifts, Small Shake Ups
Up, down or holding steady? TEKsystems’ 2015 IT Industry Forecast
Despite the ebbs and flows of recent years, 2015 seems poised to be a year of relative calm and stability in IT.
While expectations for budget increases may not be rising, confidence is building. Just under one half of IT leaders expect their budgets to increase in 2015 (compared to nearly 2/3 in 2014). And yet 7 in 10 leaders are confident in their ability to satisfy business needs over the next year.
While 2014 objectives centered around implementing new IT applications and infrastructure, IT leaders expect that improving operational efficiency and existing infrastructure will be the main objective IT will need to support in 2015. As one might guess from news headlines in 2014, security is the top concern for 2015, continuing its constant rise in impact over the last 3 years. Security is also the leading area for expected spending increases in 2015.
Leaders are once again looking to increase headcount in 2015, but how easily will they be able to find the positions they need? IT leaders now see IT Managers and Director level leaders, or “bridge leadership” roles, as taking on new importance. Programmers and developers are still seen as crucially important roles, while simultaneously being the hardest roles to fill.
Since salary is one of the main ways to attract and retain talent, it is no surprise that 3 in 4 leaders expect some salary raises in 2015. Security positions, programmers and developers, and software engineers are the most likely to benefit, though other positions may also see raises in the new year.
2015 looks to be a stable, introspective year for IT departments, focusing on security, internal efficiency and retaining important staff members.