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Tech Career Outlook and Hiring Trends for 2019

In part three of Spiceworks' 2019 State of IT report, they surveyed over 1,000 tech professionals to further understand the state of IT careers and what we can predict for 2019.

Tech Career Outlook and Hiring Trends for 2019

Highlights from the report:

  • Nearly one in three organizations plan to increase their IT staff in 2019
  • Cybersecurity skills are the most sought after by companies planning to hire in 2019, followed by DevOps (midsize companies) and AI expertise (large companies)
  • One in four IT pros plans to seek new employment in 2019
  • Job-hopping IT pros are primarily seeking better salaries and opportunities to advance their IT skills
  • In 2019, 26% of IT pros plan to find a new employer, 8% plan to leave the IT field for a new career, 6% plan to move into IT consulting, and 5% plan to retire
  • 33% of millennial IT pros plan to seek new employment in 2019, compared to 26% of Gen X and 13% of baby boomers
  • Salary is the top motivator for seeking new employment for all generations, but Gen X places more emphasis on salary while IT skill advancement is a very close second for millenials 
  • 65% of male IT pros are seeking a better salary compared to 38% of women 
  • The median salary for IT pros in North America is $70,000, but those working at large enterprises that often need more specialized IT skills tend to be better compensated than those at smaller businesses.
  • The median salary is $62,000 for IT pros at companies with less than 100 employees, compared to $100,000 for IT pros working at companies with more than 5,000 employees. 

"Many companies are facing challenges retaining employees with traditional IT expertise, so they’re not able to increase their IT staff when they’re focused on filling in the gaps after IT pros leave. Companies that do plan to increase staff are often targeting specific IT skills rather than general expertise.” -Brian Slater, Founding Partner of Eikos Partners

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