From the battle for Independence to the war on tech talent

As the U.S. gears up to celebrate another year of Independence from Great Britain, the nation now faces a different type of challenge – the war on tech talent. Whilst the UK is recognised as a top destination for tech talent, the U.S. still leads the way in tech breakthroughs and technology companies, particularly taking into account the number of retail jobs possibly being replaced by tech jobs these days. For instance, will Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods result in more tech jobs and a reduction in retail jobs? Only time will tell.

The United States is one of five countries leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in ICT (World Economic Forum). The U.S. was also chosen as the most industry leading region in tech by the 1,656 tech professionals we surveyed in our Voice of the Workforce research.

The U.S. technology industry exceeded 6.7 million people last year and with growing trends in emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), people are leaving behind older technologies. This is leaving huge skill gaps in every day developing languages and with the U.S. administration tightening the belt on non-immigrant visas, this will only put a strain on local demand for software developers. IoT is bringing a whole new world of growth and demand in the U.S. An IDC prediction estimates that the IoT industry will be worth $1.9 trillion by 2020 and 30 billion devices will be connected by the same date. This will bring a whole host of job opportunities forfull stack developers, whose knowledge extends beyond basic software and who possess the ability to incorporate hardware programming into their skillsets.

But it is not just software development where skills shortages are an issue. Due to the pace in which new technologies have been adopted, the U.S. is experiencing skills shortages in many IT disciplines such as Cyber Security and particularly Hybrid Cloud solutions – where demand grew by three times in the last year and predictions are that 80% of IT budgets will be committed to Cloud Solutions in the next year (Forbes). With the ever evolving Cloud environment, this also brings a multitude of new security issues so as demand increases in one area of technology there is a knock on effect with demand also increasing in other areas. This will cause a war for talent as organisations fight for skilled professionals to make their digital dreams a reality.

There is no better time to get into technology in the U.S. Austin (Texas TX) is tagged as one of the four main hotspots for tech jobs in the U.S. and Plano is also right in the middle of an economic explosion as Toyota and Liberty Mutual have now set up shop here. And with many more companies already in talks of relocating to Plano, it’s a prime location to search for your next job in tech.

Whether you’re interested in permanent jobs or contract opportunities, there are ample opportunities across a range of IT disciplines in the U.S.

You can view our latest vacancies in the US here.

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