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Computer Analyst / Programmer

Along with engineering skills, IT skills were the most frequently mentioned as difficult to source by recruitment agencies. In 2010, almost 500 employment permits were issued to non-EEA software engineers and computer programmers. Job titles in short supply include: senior software applications developers (Java, C++, C#, VB, Ruby, Perl, Python), network and security experts (.net, SharePoint, encryption, cloud computing, virtualisation (VMware)), system administrators (Oracle, J2EE, SQL Server), web developers (PHP, JavaScript, XML, HTML, Flex, ColdFusion), business analysts and IT project managers. Despite the recession, the demand for IT skills remains strong, as illustrated by recent job announcements which span a variety of sectors, from ICT (HP Ireland, Avaya, Quest Software) to gaming (PopCap Games), on-line gambling (Paddy Power) and energy (e.g. Endeco Technologies), with the financial sector featuring prominently as an employer of IT skills (Fidelity Investments, Monex, Fidessa, Murex). Job creation is expected to be sustained as the greatest number of jobs announced by the IDA in 2010, which will be rolled-out over the medium-term, is in ICT. Jobs are expected to span managerial, professional and technician levels, with a significant majority in software development. Harnessing ICT is expected to feature prominently in businesses‘ efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiencies through innovation in business processes. This is expected to further expand the use of SaaS (software as a service) and cloud computing platforms. Increased use of the internet for marketing, advertising, sales, networking, communication (blogs and social networks) and recruitment purposes throughout the economy is also expected to drive the demand for ICT skills. (Note: Unless otherwise stated these comments are based on the findings published in the National Skills Bulletin 2011.)

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