06Jun

A smart, forward-thinking tech team is at the center of every successful company. It’s an industry that is constantly evolving and delivering real impact – even during a pandemic.

According to data published by CompTIA, the unemployment rate for tech occupations stood at 1.5% in July 2021 – less than a third of the national average at the time. With the great rehiring now in full swing, tech companies can expect these low numbers to manifest in a candidate-driven IT job market.

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve seen a drastic increase of the demand for technology professionals across all skillsets both on a direct hire and consulting basis. With such an incredibly low unemployment rate in IT, it has ultimately created a candidate-driven employment market,” says Matt Schirano, Executive Director of Recruitment at Green Key IT.

What can companies do to remain competitive in a candidate-driven tech market?

As companies adjust to the post-pandemic workplace, they must also reevaluate where and how they spend their money.

“The move towards new remote and hybrid working arrangements, new spending priorities for businesses around IT infrastructure, automation and the huge shift to online retail are likely to provide a long-term boost to sales and investment in the tech sector,” says Bina Mehta, Chair of KPMG.

The events of the last year-and-a-half have paved the digital transformation of work. To remain competitive in this new market, companies should seek to hire back-end IT professionals who can push new strategies forward.

This means hiring more DevOps professionals, namely those skilled in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and infrastructure automation. 

So, what does this mean for tech job seekers?

Today’s tech market resembles the pre-pandemic state of more open positions than candidates. The difference? Skills.

“After everything we went through in 2020, 2021 is sure to be a year of continued adjustments and accelerated digital transformation. To keep up, IT pros must actively seek IT skills that are in high demand,” writes Jessalyn Madden for CompTIA.

In July 2021, IT support, systems analysts, and web developers were among the top tech job postings in the U.S.

PositionNumber of Openings in July 2021
Software developers, applications99,012
Emerging tech, data, and others90,807
IT support specialists28,090
Systems analysts21,289
Web developers16,521
Source: https://www.comptia.org/content/tech-jobs-report

Candidates can position themselves for these top tech roles by leveling up their tech skillsets. Skills of particular interest to employers hiring in the post-pandemic workforce are:

  • Cloud computing

Demand for skills such as configuration, deployment, cloud service security, management, and troubleshooting have skyrocketed because of capital expenditures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Cybersecurity 

Remote workplaces make companies vulnerable to cybercrime. To prevent these attacks, employers are seeking professionals armed with risk identification and management skills.

  • Automation

“Automation boosts efficiency, which is exactly what many companies need in the wake of the current global health crisis,” says Madden.

Professionals who seek to make an impact in this arena should refine their virtualization, cybersecurity, and troubleshooting skills.

How can we help?

In order to hire top talent in today’s tech market, companies must actively recruit candidates. Green Key Information Technology is entrenched in the industry to have a precise knowledge of the current and emerging needs of IT professionals and the organizations they support. Reach out to our powerhouse IT recruiting teamtoday!

And job seekers, we’ve got you covered too. Visit https://www.greenkeyllc.com/jobs/ and select Information Technology from the practice area drop-down menu to get connected with a recruiter today.

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Winning Teams Solve Pandemic Problems in First Nurse Hackathon

Five teams of nurses and technologists are winners for the innovative projects they entered in the first Nurse Hack 4 Health virtual hackathon.

sen out of 30 entries, the winning teams earned the highest scores for their solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic laid out in five categories ranging from “Acute Care Patient Monitoring” to “Resiliency & Self-Care.”

Sponsored by Microsoft, John & Johnson, dev up and the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSEIL), the entries were judged on “solutions that answer the challenge, but also do so in a way that balances simplicity with creativity.” A second criterion was the project’s readiness: “High scores will be given to solutions that are ready to deploy, provide appropriate instruction for use, etc.”

The 25 judges included practicing nurses, Microsoft’s chief nursing officer, the dean of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, software application and development firm executives, the head of Deloitte’s Healthcare Transformation team and senior executives in technology and nursing and HCP strategy at Johnson & Johnson.

All the participating team solutions that made it to the final round are open source, posted on GitHub to enable health systems and others to, as the hackathon sponsors explained, “make changes needed to fit their systems or processes.”

From DailyNurse, here is a brief look at the winners and their projects. (The links go to each team’s video presentation for the judges):

Resiliency & Self-Care category – The team developed Well Nurse a peer-to-peer app to help nurses cope with stress, connect with one another, and identify best practices to foster mental well-being.

Acute Care Patient Monitoring category — HearNow connects patients and their loved ones separated by social distancing. With this system, loved ones can transmit video and audio messages from home that nurses can share when patients are alert and in need of comfort.

Data & Reporting category – The team’s project Activate School Nurses connects h school nurses with nursing students in need of clinical experience who will assist them in preparing for school reopening and maintain and monitor student health data to reduce the danger of further outbreaks.

Patient Care Coordination category – In a busy facility, it can take time to locate needed equipment. Nurse GPS proposes to solve that challenge by tracking equipment, giving nurses the floor and room location for each device. The aim is to reduce delays and lessen the danger of infection by making it unnecessary for a nurse to leave and reenter a room multiple times.

At-Home Patient Monitoring category – Social distancing and stay at home directives are driving a boom in telemedicine. But in areas with broadband access and among groups, especially seniors, without smartphones, remote access to medical professionals is difficult or impossible. Project Flourish works around those limitations, using a 1990s era technology to broaden the reach of telemedicine in rural areas and among seniors.  

Photo by Ani Kolleshi on Unsplash

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