The healthcare industries need management professionals

Change management skills are particularly in demand

The new value of 129 represents a record since the index was established in 2011. A development that does not surprise Hays manager Simon Alborz: "We are currently experiencing a trend among application developers, IT consultants and, above all, hardware-related software developers more demand than it has been for a long time. " However, the Hays manager admits that he is surprised by the clarity of the increased demand.

The number of job vacancies for IT consultants rose the most for the individual professional groups in IT, with 38 points. According to the Hays Index, advisory skills are particularly in demand for the digitization projects currently being encountered. In Alborz's opinion, the fact that hardware-related developers are so popular is partly due to the topic of Industry 4.0. "When refrigerators automatically report over the Internet that more butter needs to be bought, then the developers, whom we previously knew as embedded specialists, are also in demand," explains Alborz. He continues: "Classic branches of industry such as mechanical engineering will increasingly open up to the IT world, only to eventually merge inseparably with one another."

The Hays manager predicts that many traditional business areas can no longer be managed separately in the future. "This also changes the demands on employees - additional skills are becoming more and more important," emphasizes Alborz. In the future, the mechanical engineering industry will not only need traditional mechanical engineers, but also hardware-related software developers. In mechanical engineering, digital specialists would be increasingly needed and sought. The Hays manager is convinced that the robust economy - at least in this country - will also result in a high level of willingness to invest in medium-sized companies this year.

Trade in the area of ​​transformation goes further than classic industry

According to Alborz, the fact that demand in retail is increasing from quarter to quarter has to do with the fact that this sector is already significantly further ahead than traditional industry in terms of digital transformation. After all, more and more businesses have been relocating from the stationary to the online sector since yesterday. "It is not only here that change management skills are increasingly required," says the Hays manager.

The experts in the mechanical engineering sector would have to take the appropriate IT people with them into the world of mechanical engineering 2.0. The Hays manager is certain: "The introduction to a new world will have to be handled by change management specialists and not by classic IT professionals in order to guarantee the desired success, both from a technological and social point of view." However, this change would not harm the classic IT professionals, because - according to Alborz - the demand for them is more likely to rise than fall.

Overall, the subject of the shortage of skilled workers would continue to gain in importance in the future. This applies primarily to the IT industry itself. As early as the fourth quarter of 2015, the Hays manager predicted an increase in demand for 2016. Even then, he was certain that those responsible for recruiting were preparing for a positive business development in 2016 and are increasingly looking for employees for the high-tech sector. He is pleased that he was right.

But now, says Alborz, companies have to scrutinize their recruiting strategies: "It is urgently necessary to check which strategies, methods, tools and partners are being used in the search," emphasizes the HR expert. According to Alborz, both the changes in professions in the digital world and the ongoing war for talents will influence decisions in companies and demand quick answers.