The current demand for professionals within the IT and Communication industries present a substantial growth of 57.56% between 2016 and 2017, according to the IT Labor Market report created by EmpleosTI portal, most of these job offers are still mainly installed in Mexico City, Jalisco and Nuevo León, but cities like Puebla, Merida, Guanajuato and Queretaro show an important increase in the number of job offers made by companies located in these less populated areas.
During the presentation of the 8th Virtual Job Fair for IT Professionals it was announced that it will be taking place from March 12 until March 18th where EmpleosTI site will be accepting applications 24/7 for the duration of the Job Fair. Emmanuel Olvera, Empleos TI Country Manager, pointed out that most of the jobs linked to Information Technology and that are being offered in this site required skills such as Java and .NET development, Database Analysis and Information Security.
The hub cities for IT Jobs have such big demand in Tech jobs because of the better technology access these urban cities have. According to the Information Technology Survey - (Endutih) presented by INEGI – 7 out of 10 people live in cities that have access to the Network contrary to other more rural cities where only 4 out of 10 have access to it.
Despite this, there are communities in these states showing a relevant increment in IT job opportunities. According to EmpleosTI study even though Mexico City, Jalisco and Nuevo Leon have kept most of the opportunities in this industry; Queretaro and the State of Mexico (between 2016 and 2017) showed to have gone up in the number of opportunities by 50% and 60%. Puebla, Merida and Guanajuato are following this trend.
EmpleosTI country manager states that this is due in many cases to competition, meaning that after strategic business plans, companies preferred to settle in smaller cities where there is not the same amount of competition. In Guadalajara, Jalisco companies would have to compete with Technology giants such as Oracle and Intel.
“It is a strategic aspect when companies are aware where the most talented are located as well as where there is the most competition” said Emmanuel Olvera, who also mentioned that the search of talent turns to be more regional than local because if there is an offer in a city such as Puebla, it is very possible that people come from nearby states such as Tlaxcala or Veracruz. If a company is in Queretaro, candidates from Guanajuato and San Luis Potosi can access their job opportunities.
In more detail about this context, Ileana Gonzalez, Sttaffing Director at NearShore Mexico states “The company installed offices in cities like Puebla and Merida because most of the IT Talent at times does not prefer to live in very populated hubs and although there is not that big of a job demand in smaller cities, candidates are willing to bet on these locations.”
“Why not move to one of the safest cities in the country, such as Merida, or to a smaller city that is very close to Mexico City such as Puebla” Ileana Gonzalez said.
NearShore is a company providing software development and QA testing services to the Health, financial and Innovation industries. According to Gonzalez even if these cities do not have the growth seen in the country’s Technology poles, the company’s experience places Puebla as example of registering a substantial growth in the number of employees going from 6 to 100 in the last three years. This is evidence that it is possible to grow the IT jobs market in this type of cities.
Nevertheless, according to Gonzalez, companies wishing to move to these cities should be aware that the community is not fully prepared for the Information Technology “ecosystem”; therefore, it is necessary to make an effort in the promotion that generates empathy within this companies’ job opportunities.
“It has not been easy, but it has been very satisfying because the company itself has provided a lot of support” she said.
One more example of this is Axity, represented by Monserrat Villlegas, who also attended the IT job fair’s presentation. The company she represents has offices in cities like Aguascalientes as well as Monterrey and Guadalajara. Both companies NearShore and Axity will be offering more than 200 job opportunities during the 8th virtual job fair for EmpleosTI.
Emmanuel Olvera believes that the government plays a very relevant role for the attraction and investment in the interactions between companies, universities and professionals. In this sense, according to Martha Ortega, representative for CANIETI (la Cámara Nacional de la Industria Electrónica, de Telecomunicaciones y Tecnologías de la Información), the IT industry registered a 9.3% growth in 2016 and even though it is providing a little bit more than 4% of the national GNP, it is the quadrupole amount of this.
“Professionals must get certifications constantly and not only have an academic degree but rather be knowledgeable and available to adapt within the demand” Martha Ortega said.
Article published by Rodrigo Riquelme March 12, 2018, 12:52 p.m. in eleconomista.com.mx. Translated into English.
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