Five years ago when the bottom fell out of the IT market, it became increasingly challenging to find the investment and the highly-skilled workforce required to continue the amazing growth rates the sector had recorded over the previous decade.
As IT ceased to be a hot topic in business circles so the investment began tailing off and, with that waning interest on the financial front, the workforce began to focus elsewhere.
All of this culminated in the worst skills shortage the IT market had ever seen. The good news, however, is that IT is back in the limelight – one simply needs to look at the number of acquisitions taking place in Silicon Valley as testimony to the returning buoyancy of the IT market.
So surely the skills shortage should be over too? Unfortunately, the exact opposite is true.
Alan Hawkins, sales manager at Tarsus Technologies says that the demand for quality staff in the IT sector has never been stronger.
"Apart from our own personal struggle to find experienced staff, we know of more than a handful of resellers which have found themselves in the same predicament," Hawkins says. "As a result of the skills shortage, IT companies of all sizes and descriptions are well-prepared to invest in new staff members, providing them with all of the theoretical and practical 'on the job' training they need to fast-track their careers.
"In my opinion, there's never been a better time for young technology graduates, goal-driven sales people and meticulous administration personnel to seek out jobs in the IT sector," he says. "The resurgence in the IT market has also meant more maturity which, to someone seeking a job in the IT sector, means that things are less risky – the boom and bust times are over."
Hawkins says that the "cowboy culture" the IT industry had in the late 1980s and early 1990s is also long gone.
"Business is serious," he says. "Customers are serious about the value they expect to derive from the IT solutions they buy and competition is still tough.
"IT has returned as a sought-after market to be involved in," Hawkins says. "I would honestly recommend it to anyone looking for a sound and lengthy career."