42% of IT departments in larger companies understaffed, say technology chiefs
Firms struggling to fill strategic roles as artificial intelligence transforms the workplace
Forty two per cent of IT departments in larger companies believe they are understaffed.
Overall, 29 per cent of IT departments do not believe they have enough staff to function properly, according to a survey by recruitment agency Robert Half Technology.
The study, which asked chief information officers across Britain on current trends affecting the workplace, found that 41 per cent think the internet of things is having a profound effect on the way they staff their department. This is followed by cloud computing (40 per cent of CIOs) and automation (34 per cent).
With artificial intelligence (AI) taking over manual tasks susceptible to human error, more time is available for strategic, innovative and customer-focused tasks, to add value to AI and to drive the digitisation of business.
This affects the traditional role of the finance director as well, as machine learning frees FDs up to take on more of a strategic role.
Consequently, skills such as strategic planning (50 per cent), problem solving (40 per cent) and interpersonal and communication skills (35 per cent) are now cited as crucial.
The digital technology sector is expanding 2.6 times faster than the rest of the British economy, according to a report from Tech Nation. It is worth almost £184 billion to the UK, boasting a job increase five times the rate of the rest of the economy.
Steve Sully, associate director at Robert Half Technology, said: “Automation and digitalisation is compounding the evolution of the future workplace in the lead up to industry 4.0. As companies come to grips with the opportunities these technologies can have on their business, they need to find the right skills to support these changes. However, they are in short supply.”
Robert Half commissioned an independent research firm to survey 500 senior decision makers in businesses in the UK.
Industry: recrutiment news
- Application Security Analyst
- Up to £85,000 Base
An Application Security Analyst is needed for an innovative commercial organisation in London. The Application Security Analyst will be working closely with the development team and should possess a blend of application security, development languages and Information Security skills. Application Security Analyst MUST have strong interpersonal skills. The Application Security Analyst role will include, but in no way be limited to; designing solutions to maintain security, whilst incorporating design solutions in Development, DevOps and Architectural best practices. Conduct application-level penetration testing and review security architecture of Product suite. Executing projects to implement a Security strategy. Knowledge / Experience should include; penetration testing consultancy, source code reviews, vulnerability management and security assessments. Experience with the following is desirable: Agile Development, Fortify 360 SCA, IBM Rational AppScan and exposure to security industry standards - ISO27001 and PCI-DSS. The ideal candidate will have 3 years’ experience in a similar Information Security role and have relevant security qualifications - CISM / CISSP or CISA etc. This is a client facing opportunity where you will be expected to travel to customer sites. Reference Number: OG7484 (Application Security, Penetration Testing, Information Security)
- Cloud Network Engineer
- Up to £35,000 Base + Bonus + Possible Share Options
One of our clients, an exciting UK based start-up is on the lookout for a Cloud Network Engineer in Yorkshire. The Cloud Network Engineer will need current CCNA / CCNP level networking experience (Cisco, BGP, IP etc.), cloud networking understanding (Azure, AWS etc.) and current experience ideally within a client facing / consultancy role. (Cloud Engineer, Network Engineer, Azure, AWS, Amazon Web Services) Reference Number: PG7477
- Senior Service Desk Analyst
- Up to £32,000 Base + £6,400 Shift Allowance
We are currently working on behalf of an IT Service Provider based in Wiltshire who are on the lookout for a Senior Service Desk Analyst. The Senior Service Desk Analyst will be responsible for logging, managing and escalating internal & external incidents and requests. This is an excellent opportunity to join a business recognised for what they do and work with a number of top UK businesses. You’ll be able to manage your career development and gain additional training e.g. certifications etc. This role will include a shift (4 days on then 4 days off) which covers 24/7 12 hour shifts The ideal candidate will be currently working in a IT service desk / IT support role ideally in an IT Services business. Reference Number: PG7476 (Service Desk Administrator, Analyst, Support, Service Desk Support, shift work, traning, Information Technology, Customer service, Customer support)
- Data Centre Service Delivery Manager
- Up to £50,000 + Package
A Data Centre Service Delivery Manager is needed to join a specialist connectivity provider in Hertfordshire. The company is going through a huge growth programme and this is an excellent opening for someone to join a business who are working with globally recognised organisations. You’ll be responsible for: Supporting the Commercial Director with management of existing and potential customers being the main point of contact. Maintaining and improving the company’s current and new services Customer relationship management Attending customer meetings in order to provide guidance to customers Keeping up a high quality level of service Updating appropriate documentation such as policy and procedures and making sure these are in place and followed Change and Incident management Service Level Agreements Experience required Must have current experience working in a Data centre environment in a Service Delivery role. An understanding of Data Centre technology and terminology. Experience of dealing with people of all levels within a business (Engineers to Board level) In return you'll have the ability to work in a cutting edge environment and work with a variety of well known international clients REF: PG7475