Decision-makers in the IT industry are scrambling to source candidates with the most in-demand skills, with a pay war beginning to emerge.

So says the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide for 2014. Umbrella Company Employees with skills in IT security, big data analytics, e-commerce and mobile may not only find an abundance of contracting opportunities in 2014 but also lucrative pay rates. Salaries for these roles are forecast to rise by at least 4% this year, well ahead of the 2.5% national average.

Directors are now reporting significant challenges in finding the right IT talent as a skills shortage begins to make itself felt. Professionals with experience in cloud technology and security, infrastructure and software/applications development are in especially short supply.

Organisations are seeking to improve employee productivity by getting the most up-to-date desktop and business applications in place, as well as investing in enhancing online experiences for their customers.

Robert Half Technology’s senior managing director, Phil Sheridan, said that technology was key to the UK economy’s recovery, adding: “Candidates with the most sought-after skills are receiving multiple job offers and employers looking to secure the industry’s top talent are finding that lengthy interview rounds are prompting their top choices to accept competing offers. Companies will use technology to grow their businesses as we emerge from the economic downturn: candidates with a strong sense of commerciality and business acumen as well as technical skills are increasingly called on to manage product development lifecycles and deliver business solutions.”

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