Lets analyze skill trends in the 2014 recruitment wrap up so we can better understand what is happening for 2015.
The job postings are clear. IT job skills are the most frequently mentioned requirements for considering candidates. Indeed’s December 31 job trends report specifically cited that “‘HTML5’ is the #1 job trend – the fastest growing keyword found in online job postings – ahead of “MongoDB” in second place and “iOS” in third place.”
Here is Indeed’s top 10:
IT skills are king right now and it will be important for recruiters to be familiar with these terms in order to source candidates better.
Here is WantedAnalytics’ top 10:
Systems Development Lifecycle
Microsoft SQL Server
Skill trends that made the biggest jump in job postings differ depending on who you ask. Elance’s reports show Ruby on Rails, Ruby, Ecommerce, and Game Programming making the most significant gains-in-mention on job postings. On the other hand, WantedAnalytics’s data claims it is Adobe LifeCycle ES that made the most dramatic improvement over the prior year. “Adobe LifeCycle ES experienced the greatest year-over-year increase, up 44.2%.” WantedAnalytics’ data again reinforces the notion that enterprise technology is still a big player in job postings, which is at odds with the more startup-friendly picture that Indeed and Elance are painting.
Now let’s look at some data from Elance about our candidate pool.
Elance’s Top 10 Freelancer’s Skills (Highest population first):
It’s clear from this top 10 that there is somewhat of a skills gap between supply and demand, but there are also a lot of very promising signals. Writer is #1 on the list which should provide relief to organizations who are learning that a successful marketing campaign requires novel content and social engagement. This skillset will pair well with Indeed’s #10 demand for Social Media skills. High rankings for marketing skills in general will make for some low-hanging fruit in filling the social media demand.
With supply for web programmers at #3 and HTML Developers at #10 there is clearly a huge opportunity for filling high-paying web positions in our sources’ top 10.
The biggest challenge this year will be finding database programmers to fill the positions that are highest in demand according to our sources. Unfortunately, database skills did not make the top 10 freelancer skills and it will be interesting to see how recruiters adapt to handle the limited market supply.
All the surveyed services are in agreement about web technology’s dominance in recruitment demands, with some differences involving the prominence of traditional programming technology. Technology is king this year, but there will also be a lot of opportunity for some traditional skills like writing.