Recently, Rich Hein of CIO.com posted the results of a TEKsystems survey of 244 CIOs, CTOs, and other IT execs across several industries. The survey identified the following 9 IT roles as the most difficult to fill:

  1. Programming & Application Development (with .NET and Java in highest demand)
  2. Security
  3. Business Intelligence and Big Data
  4. Business Analyst
  5. IT Architect
  6. Cloud Roles
  7. Help Desk / Technical Support
  8. Software Engineer
  9. Project Manager

It’s no surprise that big data, security, cloud computing, and mobility all rank in the top 9. It’s also no surprise that the survey revealed that 47 percent of companies plan to increase their IT workforce over the next year, which should mean good things for tech talent with these skill sets.

However, there has been a disconnect over the last couple years between a wealth of openings and a reluctance to hire, not to mention the high turnover and poor retention policies by companies. Therefore, if companies want to hire more IT talent, they need to address their hiring and retention practices. Period.

And if tech professionals want to get out of the tech talent rat race (and runaround), they will need to understand differentiation like never before.