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Aggressive hiring expected in the IT staffing market

August 5, 2013 | Posted at 10:22 am

Information technology professionals are used to being in demand from innovative and forward-thinking companies, and the announcement that Apple is to begin an aggressive hiring spree is likely to draw significant interest.

According to Digital Trends, the Cupertino-based firm is looking for talented product designers and software developers to overcome some issues that the tech giant is having with what is expected to be the next must-have item, the iWatch.

Wearable technology
Citing a recent report in The Financial Times, it suggested that the company was looking to bring in at least 100 additional IT professionals to deal with “hard engineering problems that existing staff have not been able to solve,” with the smartwatch project far enough advanced that a tentative release date of late 2014 has been penciled in.

While Apple has not confirmed that wearable technology is its latest focus, the firm has begun to register the iWatch trademark around the world, with industry analysts confident that the company is looking to enter the marketplace sooner rather than later. According to the news source, there are already several other companies looking to release what are essentially wrist-based computers, with Samsung, Google and Dell all devoting resources to bringing it to tech-savvy consumers.

In fact, while the job opportunities for information technology staff are widely believed to on the rise in traditional tech workplaces, there is evidence that non-tech firms are also looking to ramp up their staffing numbers.

Automotive applications
According to The New York Times, General Motors is also on the lookout for new talent, with the firm reportedly quadrupling its IT staff in recent months as it looks to build apps for 2014-model vehicles, while the Ford Motor Company has also announced that it was planning on bringing at least 300 new faces into its IT department. GM has also made its intentions clear in terms of how it views information technology, projecting that it will require up to 4,400 more workers in the next three to five years, with sources at the firm expecting at least 1,200 of those to be graduates.

Although not limited to the Great Lakes State, the demand for software developers in Michigan is expected to see the local market grow by up to 36.9 percent, according to the NYT, with the move toward in-vehicle applications a significant driver in terms of recruitment in the region. Economic analysts believe that this will see Detroit become a more significant player in the IT sector, many of whom see developers moving from the more recognized tech hubs on the East and West coasts.