Software companies have enlarged their teams over the course of this year by 26.7 percent compared to last year. The employment plans for 2012 indicate they plan to grow numbers even more, according to a survey carried out by the Association of the Software and Services Industry (ANIS).
The number of newly created positions will be 13.4 percent higher next year compared to this one.
These companies are pursuing their employment plans mainly in Bucharest, Iasi and Brasov.
Bucharest attracts over 50 percent of the IT employment intentions for this year. Iasi and Cluj-Napoca attract each 24 percent of employment intentions. Other cities where employments will be made are Timisoara, Brasov, Craiova, Targu Mures, Sibiu and Suceava.
More than half of the companies that participated in the survey wish to expand their middle management teams, in order to have a body of managers who will ensure growth over the next years.
“In previous years, multinationals have strongly influenced the labor market by opening support and R&D centers. After this wave when the demand was mainly for programmers and IT services experts, local software companies are going through a new stage when they need a management corpse. There is high need for middle managers on the market and the difficulty to find them poses great problems for the growth of the industry. Companies will be compelled to invest in their training to in order to insure sustained growth,” says Andrei Pitis, vice-president of ANIS.
Companies are looking for Java programmers (55 percent), but also programmers specialized in .Net and PHP.
“More and more managers of local software and services companies are starting to evaluate the possibility of diversifying their activity by creating software products. The creation of intellectual property is the only possibility to have exponential growth. For this they need sales and marketing people. This is how new possibilities arise for specialists in sales and marketing in other industries to reinvent themselves in the software industry,” said Pitis.