Technology leadership and governance skills

Snapshot of reasearch into management skills requested in technology job advertisements

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Management skills in Information Technology

2014-2015 IT management jobs skills demand results

  • Influence 10%
  • Strategic insight 14%
  • Communication 49%
  • Task management 6%
  • Financial proprietary 19%

Constant change is now the new normal in the Information Technology industry. Corporations are looking to the new generation of leaders to solve complex business, economic, social and environmental challenges. Agility and efficiency are front and centre in the executive vocabulary and the tools to bring about that change include cloud, aaS (as-a-service) commercial constructs and advanced analytics such as big data. But in the context of skills, our research shows that old fashioned communication remains king. It is not surprising that in such a dynamic industry that the ability to communicate at all levels is more sought after than any other.


10% of employers highly regarded influential skills. Definition: Demonstrating an ability to persuade, pacify or progress through well constructed communications to achieve an end goal.

Strategic Insight

14% of employers highly regarded strategic insight in management roles. Definition: Having awareness of the business strategy in considering the impact of decisions, actions or choices to the business as a whole. Note: Roles that specify strategy or strategic skills pay 22% higher than the average governance role.


49% of employers highly regarded communication skills in management roles. Definition: Cogent construct of thoughts and ideas expressed both formally and informally.

Managing tasks

6% of employers highly regarded task management. Definition: Determining the requirements of an activity to assess its workload, impacts and resources.

Financial proprietary

19% of management roles highly regarded financial proprietary. Interestingly, Jobs listing this skill payed 11% higher salary on average. Definition: Having an understanding of the financial impact of activities.