In my previous post we got a candidate perspective. Today we will get an end client perspective. According to clients, the hardest positions to fill are project manager, programmer/analyst, ERP/CRM Packaged Software Specialist, Network Engineer and Java Applications Developer. I think in the Cincinnati / Dayton market, I would substitute Microsoft .net developer for Java.
While most IT skillsets are in high demand, these five are particularly difficult. As is the law of supply and demand, if the demand is high and the supply is low, the compensation levels will rise, so plan accordingly.