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Big data experts among top priorities for 2017 tech hiring

Individuals with proven skills and expertise in big data analytics will be among the top priorities for IT recruiters in 2017, along with those with knowledge of cyber security, a new survey has found.

Research by Jobsite and recruitment consultancy Robert Walters found nearly half (47 per cent) of hiring managers expect to increase the number of IT workers they employ in the next 12 months, Computer Weekly reports.

More than half of respondents (54 per cent) said individuals with cyber security expertise would be among their top priorities for the year ahead, while 36 per cent said those with skills in business intelligence and big data will be in high demand.

The study noted this reflects a growing awareness among employers about how their organisations can benefit from effective use of data.

Lee Allen, sales director at Jobsite, said: "As businesses look to increase market share and drive cost efficiencies, analysis of external and internal data is becoming more and more prominent."

Sectors that will show particularly high demand for big data expertise include manufacturing, media, automotive and FMCG, where employers will find competition for the top talent is intense.

Therefore, businesses will have to offer a range of incentives if they are to stand out from their competitors as appealing employers for big data pros. For example, nearly seven out of ten respondents (69 per cent) said they would be offering flexible working conditions, while 54 per cent will highlight opportunities for career development.

Ahsan Iqbal, associate director for technology recruitment at Robert Walters, said: "Competitive salaries will be essential to attract the best candidates, but employers shouldn't underestimate the importance of other policies, such as flexible hours, the option to work remotely and the potential for long-term career development."