> Top changes of working during a pandemic: More frequent communication from leadership (cited by 38% of respondents); improved collaboration (37%); more innovation (32%); greater transparency into business priorities (31%); and more efficient processes (30%).
> Top hiring industries: Healthcare, technology, financial services, and government.
> Top management concern: Retaining valued employees (cited by over 80%).
> Top work challenges related to the pandemic: Employee morale (cited by 47%); heavy workloads and burnout (47%); lowered salaries (39%); staff dissatisfied with management (29%); and employees losing interest in working for the organization (26%).
> Top IT certifications in demand: AWS certified solutions architect; certified cloud security professional; Microsoft certified Azure solutions architect; Salesforce certified development lifecycle and deployment designer; and others.
> Top IT salaries by title: Chief information officer ($175K - $300K); chief technology officer ($153K - $267K); chief security officer ($156K - $281K); VP of IT ($146K - $239K); big data engineer ($133K - $227K); IT security manager ($124K - $213K).
> Top hiring changes as a result of the pandemic: Conducting remote interviews and onboarding (cited by 54%); shortened hiring processes (42%); and hiring for fully remote jobs (42%).
> Top reasons why organizations use interim professionals: To scale the team (cited by 40%); evaluating a person for a full-time job (39%); gaining access to specialized skills (37%); adding flexibility (34%); gaining support for special projects (34%); and alleviating the burden on full-timers (32%).
> Top IT skills in demand: Agile, cloud, Java, Linux, Python, virtualization, and others.
> Top job perks: Flexible work schedules (now offered by 46% of organizations); remote-work options (44%); paid parental leave (33%); and employee discounts (26%).