A few weeks ago I reported on IT salary trends for 2012, based on findings from Bluewolf, a NYC-based provider of IT staffing, consulting and managed IT services. In addition to providing salary ranges for 70 IT job titles in six major metro markets, Bluewolf's IT Salary Guide outlines the IT skills in greatest demand. Bluewolf's findings are grounded in the thousands of IT staffing placements the company manages each year. The company also analyzes growth patterns for various tech skills and IT hiring trends. According to Bluewolf's research, the 14 IT skills in greatest demand are:
Mobile Application Development
Amazon Web Services – Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
I compared Bluewolf's findings with Foote Partners' research into the value of various IT skills and the premiums companies pay to obtain them. Foote Partners' research supports the notion that iPhone/iPad and Android development skills are among those in greatest demand, as companies are paying some of the highest premiums to obtain those skills. Employers are also paying high premiums for Cognos and Informatica expertise, according to Foote's data, and that corroborates Bluewolf's findings. (I'm sure David Foote, CEO of the eponymous firm, will excoriate me for comparing his research with another firm's and will find fault with my interpretation of his research.)
Another discrepancy: Bluewolf says demand for DB2 and Business Objects experts is dropping off, yet Foote's research suggests the opposite: It shows companies paying some of the highest premiums to acquire those skills.
Foote doesn't track HBase, Eloqua, Marketo, Salesforce, Google Apps or AWS skills per se. For more information on Foote's research, see my story from last week, IT Pay: Premiums for IT Skills Drop as IT Departments Reorganize.