7 IT salary and hiring trends for 2020

The IT industry continues to face a talent shortage, but businesses are getting creative to fill the necessary skills gaps for successful digital transformation.

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Change is constant in IT with new disruptive technologies entering the market each year. But one facet of IT remains the same: that IT organizations continue to struggle to find enough talent to meet demand.

That talent gap puts pressure on IT hiring practices and impacts an organization’s ability to offer competitive salaries in a tight talent market. But emerging trends from the Robert Half 2020 Salary Guide suggest that organizations are adapting and finding ways to fill skills gaps, even if they can’t lure the top tech talent.

Robert Half surveyed IT hiring decision-makers in North America to find trends in IT hiring and to uncover what businesses value when finding new candidates to hire. In this years’ survey, 67 percent of IT managers said they want to grow their security, cloud computing and business intelligence teams but 89 percent expressed difficulty in successfully recruiting that talent. And the talent gap only widens for newer technologies such as AI, machine learning, extended reality (XR) and blockchain, which are still relatively rare skills to find in the talent pool.

Whether you’re looking for new talent, trying to fill skills gaps in your organization or embarking on new IT initiatives, here are seven trends that will impact IT salaries and hiring this year.

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