The following is a short summary of the IT Labour and Job Market in Calgary -- supply, demand, and dynamics.
There are 3 "Trends" That Eagle has Noticed Over the Past Months:
The Following Market "Conditions" Have Also Been Noted:
Rates: Rates for non-specialized roles have remained flat for the past 6+ months. The exception is for ERP as demand has increased, albeit often for specialized skillsets as described above. Company "rate roll-backs" have halted as the employee and contractor rationalizations have been completed. Skills with High and Growing Demand: Eagle has noticed increased interest for contractors with the following skillsets:
Java Developers/Software Engineers/DevOps
Cyber Security Consultants
Project Managers (Agile, ERP, some Infrastructure)
ERP (Fiori/UI5) enhancement/upgrade work
IT Reporting -- Cloud tools for data visualization -- Tableau, Spotfire, Hana and related data warehousing/BI work. Predictive analytics and driving business value from data stores.
Skills with Neutral Demand:
SaaS implementations (Sales Force, Service Now, Workday) + Traditional ERP (SAP/PS/Oracle)
Skills for Which We Have Seen a Decline in Demand:
.NET Developers (this is the first time in 10+ years that demand for Java/Front-end skills have outstripped .NET in Calgary)
Server Analysts/Administrators (Outsourcing companies are handling much of this demand by leveraging overseas options)
**Disclaimer: The market summary above reflects Eagle's own experience. Please understand that this does not include interaction with 100% of the market. Eagle's clientele tend toward the larger enterprise companies, therefore experience in Calgary's SMB market may be substantially different.
If your experience or observations have been different, I encourage you to leave a comment so all may learn from your perspective as well!