According to the survey, 50 percent of organisations plan to hire for mobile positions this year. Of those organisations, 32 percent are focused on skills related to front-end development, with 27 percent looking for back-end integration skills and 15 percent seeking DevOps for mobile.
According to Gartner, “By the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organisations’ capacity to deliver them.” Based on the survey results, Red Hat expects that organisations will continue to prioritise hiring for these skills while also strengthening internal expertise in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile project management, and wearables.
Red Hat polled a sample of global customers to better understand how businesses are organising themselves for success in the mobile-first economy, and to identify the most desired skills across enterprise mobility.
Cathal McGloin, vice president, Mobile Platforms, Red Hat, said, “As organisations move to become more mobile-centric, many are expected to continue expanding their mobile development teams and explore how those teams can work more collaboratively to bring apps to market faster. At the same time organisations are looking ahead and seeking to understand the impact that emerging technologies such as IoT and wearables may have on their business.”
Results from the survey indicated that the emphasis on front-end and back-end skills remains high, with 32 percent seeking front-end development expertise, and 27 percent looking for back-end integration experience. Furthermore, 15 percent of organisations are hiring for DevOps proficiency to help mobile teams break down communication and collaboration barriers between development and operations. Additionally, nine percent of organisations are hiring specifically for mobile project management skills.
The study also found that organisations are beginning to take a more strategic approach to IoT as part of an enterprise mobility strategy, with 13 percent expecting to hire for experience in IoT in 2015 and 70 percent planning to incorporate IoT projects into their business within the next five years. This contrasts with demand for wearables expertise, with just three percent of organisations planning to hire related skills this year.