Finding exceptional talent is an ongoing challenge. As 2014 moves toward a close, project managers are the IT employees most in demand, but it wasn't always that way. They were the No. 5 most difficult hire at the end of 2013, dropped to No. 10 at end of March 2014 and climbed to No. 5 at the end of June before claiming the No. 1 slot at end of September.
By contrast, two other skill sets -- developers and architects -- remained consistently among the top five most difficult positions to fill for the first three quarters of 2014. By the same measure, help desk/technical support, cloud and social media have consistently been ranked by survey respondents as the least difficult roles to fill.
Aside from project managers, the positions that fluctuated the most in terms of difficulty of finding exceptional talent were software engineers and business intelligence/big data experts.
EFG Companies, which provides financial protection and consumer-engagement solutions in the automotive space, continues to seek out new hires with expertise in Microsoft Business Intelligence tools and .Net programming, says Barry Carter, the company's COO and CFO.
"Business is growing due to increased new and used car sales, and that is allowing us to expedite an effort to reshape our technology platforms to eliminate a lot of manual processes," Carter explains. "Having access to BI specialists and programmers fluent in Microsoft technologies is critical to our ability to effectively build these new systems."