Where the “Next” Opportunities will be

job skills in demand 2015 

If you are interested these days in getting a job — its is more than just a lack of people – its the lack of key skills that companies are missing. Companies are missing key skills in technical fields – thus it is more than a lack of people – the people who are in the field, who are in the job market and missing skills. What are the Job Skills that are in demand in the Industry right Now?

From Our Research

Not only do more than 70% of organisations cite “capability gaps” as one of their top five challenges, but many companies also tell us that it takes 3-5 years to take a seasoned professional and make them fully productive.

Skilled developers continue to be a challenge for companies to find and hire.

A recent IMF analysis estimates that the difference between the skills of unemployed workers and the skills required by employers with open positions account for about one-third of the unemployment rate in the US.



Certification programs, we’re often told, are one of the best ways for support employees to get on a financial fast track. Salary surveys regularly show that technicians who pass certification exams earn substantially higher pay—typically 25% more than their non-certified counterparts. 


Systems Engineer

Anyone who works at a company with an IT infrastructure owes systems engineers big time. (And since basically all companies now depend on an IT infrastructure, that’s all of us.) Systems engineers do everything from designing information systems to writing documentation, and they do it in every sector. If you’re a systems engineer, one of the best certifications to get is Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, which can boost your pay by 27 percent.

  • Certification to Get: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Median Pay (Holding Certification): $92,300
  • Median Pay (Not Holding Certification): $72,700
  • Typical Pay Increase: 27 percent

Top 15 Highest Paying Certifications in the Technology Industry –According to recent salary surveys by ZDNET’s Tech Republic organization, the following are the highest paying certifications to have in the technology industry. –








Trends impacting the market are changing how users work with information and they’re expectations to have information relevant to their role available anytime, across any device. For example, over the next decade and explosion of data is expected with increases of up to 44x their current levels. Innovations in mobility and connectivity are leading to upwards of 1 billion smartphones in the market by 2016, with over 1/3rd used in business settings…even today these numbers are astonishing with 4.3 devices per adult.


As the cloud gains momentum, more enterprises are looking at hybrid technologies to enable them to achieve a certain ROI on their existing investments while leveraging the benefits of cloud computing, compounding all of these trends is the fact that enterprises on average maintain 2.7 ERP systems and 48 discrete financial systems.

This Connection is Driving a Device Enabled Workforce

Cloud and the proliferation of cloud technologies impacting skills people need to have

Mobility is impacting consumption, the development of and needs for skills across platforms

IoT – it is expected that 30 billion sensors will be connect to the internet by 2015.





Data From Microsofts – Elevate Campaign – All Rights Attributed to @Microsoft