In a tough economy, in-demand IT skills gravitate away from concrete technical knowledge and towards more malleable business skills that can be more closely tied to the bottom line. Info-Tech predicts that the current shift in coveted IT skill sets will be permanent – today's budget cuts are a simple catalyst for an evolutionary movement that's already underway.
The State of IT
The overall staffing picture for IT is best described as “okay” since, compared to other job sectors, IT as a whole is in slightly better shape than most. Despite an increase in layoffs, current predictions from the Robert Half Technology 2009 Salary Guide call for an overall increase in IT staff pay of 3.7% in 2009. In fact, some in-demand IT roles will see pay increases in the range of 6-8%.