IT Employee Confidence in Construction
Many say IT is a strong field to be involved in right now, as technology has high growth potential, but with the emergence of the ‘cloud’ and SaaS (software-as-a-service), IT departments are beginning to shrink, due to maintenance being outsourced. So what is the status of confidence among IT workers?
The Randstad Technologies, technologies.randstadusa.com, Atlanta, Ga., Employee Confidence Index, shows a slight decline in the second quarter of 2014, dropping to 58.7 from 60 in the previous quarter. Still, the organization says technology workers have shown the most consistent levels of employee confidence compared to other professionals.
This particular study was conducted between April and June of this year, with responses from 186 U.S. IT workers aged 18 and older. More specifically, the study shows only 34% of technology employees believe the economy is getting stronger, which is a 10 percentage point decline from the first quarter of 2014. Also, 45% believe there are fewer jobs available this quarter. Still, even with all this in mind, 51% of IT workers are confident in their ability to find a job.
One area that could see big growth in the months ahead is IoT (Internet of Things), according to Bob Dickey, group president of Technology and Engineering, Randstad, as a majority of IT professionals believe they will need more staff next year due to IoT needs.
In the construction industry, IoT can come in many different forms—connected equipment at the jobsite, tools that check themselves in and out, and so much more. The growth of IoT in construction could offer big job opportunities for the industry going forward.
Consider the augmented-reality app from JBKnowledge, www.jbknowledge.com, Bryan, Texas. SmartReality—first released in 2013—has been updated recently and now runs on devices such as Oculus Rift, Epson Moverio, and others. With a virtual reality headset or glasses, users can virtually walk through the structure.
With the advent of wearable devices and associated augmented-reality apps, construction companies have new tools to harness on a jobsite. Those construction professionals that are aware of how to use the new technology could find they have a leg up in the world of IT—ultimately offering businesses an advantage over the competition.