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Hiring boom expected within IT sector

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Local IT companies that have held back on hiring in the past two years will drive the high employment demand in 2013.

The sector’s hiring intent is expected to remain “relatively vibrant” this year, according to Hays Singapore.

Roger Olofsson, business director for finance technology, IT and telecommunications at Hays Singapore, said the higher adoption rates of disruptive technologies such as cloud, social media, big data and machine-to-machine communication has also increased demand for professionals proficient in those areas.

ZDNet has compiled the top five IT jobs expected to be in demand this year, including mobile developers and big data consultants and architects.

Mobile developers can look forward to better employment opportunities as mobile devices and smartphones continue to saturate the market.

“Singapore has established itself as a start-up centre in this part of the world and there are many mobile software start-ups that are growing aggressively, which will increase the demand for talent in that sector,” Olofsson said.

As big data adoption increases, there will also be a need for professionals who are able to manage analytical tools and have business domain expertise, especially in industries such as financial services, retail, and FMCG.

Additionally, as companies continue to invest in and rely on IT, there will be a growing need for IT project and transformation officers who can help build IT road maps within the organisation to chart their infrastructure and IT application implementation.

Cloud architects and advisors, as well as IT security professionals, will also be in demand, Olofsson said.

Those in the latter category will be needed as cyberspace crime continues to remain prevalent, but IT security professionals will also have to build policies and compliance requirements for organisations.

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