Enterprise Mobility Hiring Demand Favors Developers

Half of all companies will be hiring mobile-savvy IT workers this year -- and developers have an edge.

Time to update those resumes. Mobile developers looking to land a new job have chosen their career path wisely, suggests a new study from Red Hat.

Fifty percent of the 112 of IT decision makers polled by TechValidate for Red Hat plan to take on new hires to support their mobile IT initiatives. Of those, 32 percent are seeking front-end development experts while 27 percent are on the lookout for back-end integration specialists.

"As enterprises look to fill their hiring needs for front-end coding, some analysts are recommending a team-based approach and a two-track IT approach to balance agility with traditional core IT stability, which can help organizations increase development efficiency," observed Red Hat in a statement.

Fittingly, 15 percent of organizations are seeking candidates with DevOps skills for a quick turnaround on their mobile projects.

RedHat described DevOps as "essential to move mobile projects move from conception to full development and deployment at agile speed, they are expected to be crucial in the year ahead in order to manage, organize and accelerate development across the enterprise." Mobile project management skills were sought by 9 percent of those surveyed.

Among the businesses taking a more mobile-centric approach to IT, "many are expected to continue expanding their mobile development teams and explore how those teams can work more collaboratively to bring apps to market faster," remarked Cathal McGloin, vice president of Mobile Platforms at Red Hat, in a statement. "At the same time organizations are looking ahead and seeking to understand the impact that emerging technologies such as IoT [Internet of Things] and wearables may have on their business."

Of those technologies, IoT has an edge over wearables. This year, 13 percent of businesses will be hiring IoT-related talent, and signs point to increased demand in the near future. Citing research from an earlier report, the company noted that 70 percent of businesses plan to embark on IoT projects over the next five years.

Earlier this month, Red Hat found that enterprises were taking a "deliberate" approach to IoT. Although only 12 percent of businesses are currently in the midst of rolling out an IoT solution, that seemingly low figure is the start of something big. "Far from being a negative, this mirrors the typical enterprise adoption of new technologies, with project roll-outs often taking far longer than they may in smaller organizations or in the consumer world," stated the company.

Meanwhile, despite the deafening wearables buzz, businesses are mostly cool to adding to the payroll in support of the device class. A mere 3 percent of businesses are seeking workers with experience in wearables.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Datamation. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.




Tags: developers, enterprise mobile, DevOps


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