According to a recent study by IT staffing company Veritude, the overall weakness in the U.S. economy is forcing employers to become more tactical in their hiring approach. While cost-cutting remains a priority, certain IT skills remain in high demand. In fact, the new survey found that 38% of companies intend to add staff in key technology areas that will drive growth in the business. Certain job titles and functions provide the best opportunities for job seekers in 2009.
The study points out that workers with business-intelligence skills and expertise in C, C++ and C# programming should fare especially well in the weakened job market. Also, 17% of companies are now looking for Mac developers, more than tripling the previous survey's finding of 5%. While staff cutbacks are being considered at one-third of companies, the anticipated cuts do not appear to be especially deep. For example, 22% of those who plan to reduce staff said they would only eliminate between 1% and 5%.
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