A record year in 2021 for IT jobs still under pressure

Despite the epidemic wave, the IT professions have particularly benefited from the recovery of the job market in 2021, with a volume of offers that is much higher than in previous years. According to PageGroup, the available IT skills will not be sufficient to meet recruiters’ needs.

After a significant downturn due to the effects of the health crisis, recruitments should reach record levels this year in France in the technology sector, according to PageGroup. In a quarterly note, the employment specialist evokes an unprecedented recovery in digital professions that will begin in 2021, “we are now witnessing in these first weeks of 2022 a real explosion in the number of offers published,” said Isabelle Bastide, president of PageGroup France, Spain and Portugal, in a statement. According to her, the war for talent will make it increasingly difficult for companies to recruit the profiles they need, especially in IT. “We should therefore expect upward pressure on salaries, which should increase by more than inflation at the beginning of the year,” she said. A fast-growing sector, job offers related to information technology professions jumped by 44% and 14% respectively last year compared to 2020 and 2019. In 2021, 348,825 ads were published online, a volume far greater than in previous years.

The industry, strongly impacted by the crisis, is back to its pre-Covid level (-2% vs. 2019). Recent announcements (France Relance, industrial site openings, etc.) should contribute positively to the evolution of offers in 2022. In its analysis, PageGroup also ranked the 5 most sought-after IT skills over the past year. Among the trends that emerge, there is an increase in demand for analytical skills (+33% vs. 2020) far ahead with needs focused on data analysts (+27%).  Cybersecurity professionals are also well positioned with announcements up 20% compared to 2020. Web developers and big data specialists are also among the most promising professions, with their respective adverts up 16% compared to 2020. As for the five programming/software languages most in demand by recruiters, Python (+27%), R (+24%) and Docker products (+22%) are in the top three, ahead of GIT (+20%) and C (+15%).

Candidates are more demanding about their quality of life

The IT job market is up sharply compared to 2019, so jobs that were in tension before the crisis are even more so today. The young graduates arriving on the market are not enough to fill the shortage of skills observed in particular in the fields of IT, warns the recruitment firm.  In addition to this, there is a certain reluctance on the part of existing candidates, some of whom are not yet ready to take the plunge and change jobs in the current context. The lack of available profiles can also be explained by a gap between the applications received and the recruiters’ expectations. In addition to higher salary expectations, applicants no longer ignore the notions of telecommuting, flexibility and work/life balance. According to the firm, this is now a recurring demand and companies are not always aligned or able to meet these expectations.


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