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There is continued demand for leaders who can cost effectively extract more value from existing IT investments and for those who can exploit emerging technologies to deliver desired business outcomes.

Austerity can create opportunities as well as challenges for those in leadership roles. Economic uncertainty has resulted in the mothballing of some major IT programmes, realignment and restructuring of systems, processes and people. However, transformation projects in the public and private sectors are leading to new opportunities for IT interims and permanent IT leaders.

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Government austerity plans are forcing public sector organisations to do more with less, which is making IT a more important enabler than ever before and demand for IT leaders is expected to ramp up as projects come to fruition. For example, as the NHS moves from Primary Care Trusts to Commissioning Support Units, programmes, initiatives, systems and new roles are being introduced to see it through the transformation.

Developments in the mobile and telecoms sectors are creating more demand for new project, programme management and coordination roles. Although senior finance leaders in some of the UK’s larger private sector organisations seem less willing to release funds for capital expenditure due to economic uncertainty. Smaller less costly initiatives where IT leaders are expected to do more with less are becoming more frequent, as budgets are being tightly monitored. Growing SMEs are actively seeking technology leadership to optimise IT and future proof it for the years ahead.

There is more demand for ‘business savvy’ IT leadership; CIOs, IT directors and IT heads who understand how to align business and IT objectives to deliver aims such as greater market share and improved customer retention. Demand is emerging for IT leaders who can leverage the latest technology trends and tools of cloud, mobile, enterprise social media and big data, to deliver business objectives. Demand is already outpacing supply for IT leaders who can deliver desired business outcomes cost effectively and rapidly maximise the potential benefits while delivering true customer focus.

The recruitment of IT leaders has become a longer and more drawn out process than ever before. Employers are interviewing more candidates for each post, involving multiple stakeholders during the interview process and are being more selective and more demanding about the skill sets required.

There is also a mixed picture in terms of salaries, with leaders in some specialist areas of IT seeing an uplift in salaries and benefits, while others are experiencing a fall. There has, for example been a slight increase in salaries for heads of data management, while salaries for heads of infrastructure and heads of development have fallen – although rates have risen for interim heads of development.

 Click here to request your copy of our IT Salary and Benefits Guide for 2013.

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