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Companies are on the hunt for IT professionals that can better help align their business and technology needs, new research shows.

A study by job search website Monster revealed that application development, database analysis and development, Web design and development, networking and business intelligence/analytics are the most sought-after IT specialists employers are searching for.

"The demand for IT expertise remains relatively stable, with employers confident that they will look to fill these types of roles in the near-term," said Jeffrey Quinn, vice president of Monster's global insights.

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Overall, more than 80 percent of the employers surveyed are expecting to hire new IT professionals within the next two months.  The research shows that their hiring activity is being primarily driven by staff increases and company expansion.

Despite their hiring plans, more than half of those employers surveyed are not confident in their ability to find the talent they need for all these roles. Specifically, 70 percent of employers report that the number of qualified candidates available to fill all their opportunities is smaller than the total opportunities, creating increased competition for talent.

In addition, employers say they are having trouble attracting talent due to compensation, with more than half of those surveyed unable to compete for candidates on salary alone.

The study found it's not just the technical skills an employer is looking for in an IT professional. Employers cited communication skills, personality/cultural fit, type of work experience and interpersonal skills as additional qualifications they look for when making a new IT hire.

For those looking for work, the study shows the top 10 markets for IT professionals are:

  • New York
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Philadelphia

The study was based on surveys of 200 small- and median-sized businesses that expect to recruit IT talent in the next year.

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