The number of IT positions in the nation is expected to increase by 15 to 22% by 2027. IT is one of the most in demand sectors in the nation because employers in almost every industry need tech talent to help keep processes running. 

Keeping track of IT job trends is important for employers in the sector as well as those outside of it who regularly hire tech staff. Trends in 2021 and into 2022 and beyond include increasing compensation and a candidate-driven market. With plenty of opportunities to choose from, top talent can pick the jobs they want, which means employers must know how to position their openings as competitive. Read on to learn about some top trends in IT jobs to help you do that.

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remote hiring and working are the new norms.

Remote hiring and working are the new norm across any sector where they're possible. As employees discovered during the pandemic, remote work isn’t just possible, it’s got a lot of advantages. Many workers don't want to return to 100% in-office schedules.

That's especially true in the IT sector. Developers and many other technical professionals can work anywhere if they have a computer and a decent internet connection. Employers that aren't poised to support remote IT workforces may lose out on some of the best talent as IT workers prioritize working for employers who are more flexible.

Add in the fact that there are more than 41,000 companies in the IT sector in Canada, and you can see why remote hiring is a plus for employers too. Remote work removes geographical limitations, opening doors to a bigger candidate pool so you can compete with all those other employers. 

compensation is trending up.

Canada's workforce is highly educated — it's the most educated workforce in the world. And that's especially true in the IT sector; Canada produces more developer talent than all but five other countries in the world.

This is only one reason for the upward trend of compensation in the industry. Skilled IT professionals know they're in demand and they know their experience, education and skills are valuable to employers. That gives them strong leveraging power.

Remote jobs actually have slightly higher posted salaries on average, and with so many remote positions in the market, that's driving up overall averages. Large companies are driving the trend, increasing offers to score top talent, and midsize and small businesses may need to follow suit to compete in the market.

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new skill sets are in demand.

IT has always been a skills-driving sector, and the skills that are in demand evolve (and sometimes revolve) over time. Skills that are increasing in demand into 2022 and beyond include:

  • Data. Data is increasingly important for all organizations. Marketing data lets businesses position products to best entice target markets, healthcare data supports rapid research and development and user data can help teams find problem spots with apps or other products for proactive correction. Finding the IT pros that can work with and manage data is important to many businesses. 
  • Security. Security remains a focus in today's market, and customers are more attuned to it than ever. Businesses that can't promise to keep data safe may not be able to win the trust of customers, so tech staff with cybersecurity experience is critical.
  • Coding. Coding is a complex skill in today's market. Different coding skills are required for Android and iPhone development, website development and software builds. Even the back-end and front-end of technical solutions might require different coding skills, and businesses must be able to determine what skills are relevant to their positions and recruit IT talent with those coding skills.
  • Scrum or agile development. It's a fast-paced market, so getting solutions from the idea stage and into user hands as quickly as possible can be important. Tech talent with an understanding of scrum or agile development processes can help do that.

acceleration of low-code platforms.

While coding remains a skill that's in high-demand, low-code platforms are gaining traction in the market. Going remote during the pandemic forced employers to adapt their approach to IT and coding and seek out more innovative solutions and platforms. Low-code technologies allow non-IT specialists to do simple IT tasks, and they are rapidly growing in popularity. In 2021 alone, adoption of these platforms increased by 23%.

Employers that are relying on low-code platforms must seek out IT staff willing to work with and support such solutions. They must also consider whether they're replacing non-IT specialists with other staff, what that does for compensation and how it might impact future growth plans.

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