As the global enterprise IT sector continues its shift toward the cloud, IT decision-makers have altered their hiring plans to focus more heavily on workers with training and experience in cloud computing.
A new study conducted by Wanted Analytics, a talent marketplace intelligence provider, found that 3,000 advertisements for jobs related directly to cloud computing were placed in July by recruiters specializing in IT. According to the study, the figure represents a 68 percent growth from the same time period in 2010. Aside from the growing interest in cloud adoption, the demand is also likely a product of increased budgets dedicated to IT hiring.
San Jose, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York ranked as the five regions with the greatest demand for qualified cloud professionals. San Jose led the way with 400 new positions advertised in the month, Wanted reported.
In the past, enterprise IT departments simply used cloud solutions without necessarily worrying about having a cloud specialist on hand. But, as the cloud has become the preferred delivery method for new IT investments, whether as SaaS solutions, online backup or data protection, companies are looking to bring in specialists with cloud experience to manage their deployments and transitions.
According to Wanted, computer programmers and IT specialists are the most sought-after cloud workers. Software engineers are also being pursued more aggressively, as companies look to implement SaaS solutions for tasks ranging from customer relationship management to email archiving. Additionally, businesses are seeing value in the development of in-house applications customized to their organizational and operational needs. The advent of the cloud has made it easier for these businesses to host and manage any custom-built SaaS solutions. However, it would likely make it more difficult to do so without experienced cloud professionals in the mix.
Wanted expects the trend to continue as more young people with cloud skill sets two words enter the market. Furthermore, experienced IT professionals are developing an acumen for the cloud and making themselves more attractive to businesses hoping to use the technology to outsource elements of their IT. According to Wanted, there are 10 applicants available on average for each cloud-related position advertised by recruiters. In certain regions with less tech-savvy workforces, such as Seattle, the degree of difficulty to fill a position in the cloud is far greater than in New York or other tech hubs. For example, in Seattle, there are just eight applicants for each position, while Wanted found New York boasts 16 prospective employees for each spot.
The amount of companies looking to move to the cloud will likely grow moving forward, as will the available positions for IT workers with cloud backgrounds. Recently resigned federal CIO Vivek Kundra urged companies considering adjustments to their IT to move to the cloud to leverage its flexibility and lower cost of ownership. Kundra recently left his position to accept a position at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.
On the job for more than two years, Kundra implemented myriad policies aimed at upgrading the federal government's IT infrastructure. His cloud-first strategy required organizations considering upgrades to investigate hosted options before making any decision. In the early stages of the program, SaaS-based email archiving and management solutions have been among the most widely adopted.
In a piece for the New York Times, Kundra pointed to India as an example for the value of the cloud. He reported that the nation is expected to add 100,000 jobs by 2015 due to growing reliance on cloud computing.