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How tech work is changing during the pandemic

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by Peter Krass on 03/09/2021
Blog Category: cloud-and-data-centers

You already know that COVID-19 has many people working from home. But what else has changed?

To find out, Robert Half Technology, a job-placement firm for IT professionals, recently surveyed more than 2,400 senior managers in the U.S. The survey results have been published in the company’s 2021 Technology Salary Guide.

Robert Half Tech 2021 salary guide

Here are some of the top findings:

> 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%).

Learn more: Download the Robert Half Salary Guide 2021 (registration required)



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