Need for Mobile Apps Developers Trends Upward

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Menlo Park, Calif. — Feb. 13

Twenty-seven percent of CIOs polled recently said their companies already offer a mobile application, while another 22 percent said they plan to offer one in 2012, according to a recent survey by Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.

As mobile applications become more prevalent, there is no shortage of issues for the IT teams tasked with developing them. In the same survey, CIOs said the two greatest challenges for IT teams developing these applications are collaborating across departments and finding IT professionals with the skills to build them.

CIOs were asked, “What is the greatest challenge for IT teams when developing a mobile application for the business?” Twenty-nine percent said “collaborating across departments”; 28 percent said “finding and hiring IT professionals with the necessary expertise”; 19 percent said “keeping the application up to date”; 16 percent said “gaining approvals from the application store or market”; and the remaining 8 percent responded “other/don’t know.”

“Building mobile applications requires intense collaboration between numerous groups within the organization, including marketing, IT, operations and sales,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. It’s important for mobile application developers to have strong soft skills in addition to the ability to write code and test and debug software applications.”

As more companies look to develop mobile apps, the demand for IT professionals who specialize in this area has increased, according to the Robert Half Technology 2012 Salary Guide, which shows starting salaries for mobile applications developers are expected to increase 9.1 percent next year — one of the largest increases of any IT position researched.

“Because the demand for professionals with a track record of building successful mobile apps currently outpaces the supply, companies are willing to pay a premium for professionals with these skills,” Reed said.

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