Top Tech Talent Trends for 2018

  • 07 Feb 2018

Trendspotting is the first step toward winning the game! As a leading talent acquisition firmserving the DFW area, we help Technology Leaders build strong IT Teams. We monitor the pulse of hiring, salary and business trends for IT talent. From my own observations and conversations with colleagues and industry leaders, here are the top 5 tech trends that are sure to drive success for you and your company in 2018.

  1. North Texas attracts employers with voracious appetites for IT Talent

Competition for Tech Talent Heats Up in North Texas. Dallas had both the highest job growth rate and the most jobs added from November 2016 to November 2017. Companies are being challenged by increasing salaries as well as intense demand for skilled workers. Read more about this here.

  1. Migration to the Cloud

This is not a “cut and paste” operation. You’ll need to rely on the skills and experience of your best people to deal with challenges of migration of mission-critical systems to the cloud to mitigate risk and determine what apps are best suited. The move requires advanced skills and detailed knowledge of the “to be” environment. Read more about this here.

  1. Cyber Security will be an even bigger deal

Cybercrime will cost $6 trillion worldwide by 2021, double the cost recorded in 2016. Breaches will be bigger, hackers will be smarter, and security teams and budgets will be hard-pressed to keep pace. Smart, vigilant and creative personnel will be sought after to deal with it.

  1. Successful companies will find creative ways retain their key employees

Almost 70% of organizations report that employee turnover has a negative financial impact. Therefore, workplace flexibility, performance-based compensation and training will be more important than ever to retain key employees.

  1. DevOps will be even more mainstream

Forrester Research recently estimated that 63% of enterprises have implemented DevOps in some form. In many enterprises, a DevOps approach will become the mainstream approach to thinking about, delivering and supporting software.

In this 5-part series, we explore how these anticipated trends in IT talent acquisition will impact your business for the coming year. We will dive deeper into each of these to highlight how you can make the most of 2018.


About the Author

Rob McIntosh, founder of McIntosh Search, leading talent acquisition firm serving the DFW area, helping Technology Leaders build strong IT Teams.

At McIntosh Search, we fully understand the correlation between profitability and employee retention and how performers drive organizational success. Learn creative ways hiring the right talent can lead to sustained and impactful growth. We are here to speak with you and discuss how our approach produces long-term measurable results.