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Northern Ireland – Computer programmer shortage starting to bite

02 December 2013

IT companies are increasingly searching for computer programmers with experience as Java scripters, C# developers and C++ developers. For those already qualified in these areas, this is undoubtedly great news, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Thomas Mulhern, an IT recruitment specialist at Grafton Recruitment, knows that there is a struggle to find suitably qualified candidates due to the continuing high demand for these roles. He said: "When it comes to finding experienced candidates with two to four years' experience, there really is a big shortage. We have a strong flow of graduates coming through and companies bring them straight into their own training programmes. Thankfully this won't be an issue in a few years to come."

Recruitment for the IT sector seems to have no limit. Every role is in demand and nearly every company is recruiting.

Mr Mulhern said: "It is really exciting times for this sector. We are finding that candidates are driven by what they will learn in their role as they all have to keep up to date with new technologies. Our clients will be looking for university level computer science and computing degrees. While there are [some] courses, these aren't viewed as highly by employers. Employers are also looking for graduates from fields such as maths and science as they have the technical skills necessary to learn a language easily through intensive courses."

With the IT sector growing so quickly, the impact is being felt across other industries. Mr Mulhern has noticed an increase in manufacturing clients requiring programming and electronic skills for support roles.

"This is a competitive market with fantastic opportunities. Employers have to tempt job seekers with the right environment of career progression, stability, team gatherings and flexible working arrangements," Mr Mulhern concluded.  

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