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E‑Commerce skills on candidate shopping list for recruiters

More than 25,000 job adver­tise­ments in July were call­ing for pro­fes­sion­als with expe­ri­ence and skills in elec­tron­ic com­merce in the Unit­ed States, accord­ing to the lead­ing source of busi­ness intel­li­gence in real time for the tal­ent mar­ket­place, WANTED Ana­lyt­ics.  With firms build­ing out their web­sites, cre­at­ing cus­tomized retail plat­forms and offer­ing online mar­ket­places, there has been a marked increase in demand for elec­tron­ic com­merce pro­fes­sion­als.  The demand dur­ing last month rose by as much as 31 per­cent on a year over year basis in com­par­i­son to the July of 2011 and by more than 50 per­cent from two years ago.

E‑Commerce skills com­mon­ly required

Elec­tron­ic com­merce skills are gen­er­al­ly required the most in ana­lyst, mar­ket­ing and tech­ni­cal occu­pa­tions.  Amongst the most com­mon­ly adver­tised job titles which require a back­ground in elec­tron­ic com­merce include Busi­ness Ana­lyst, Java Devel­op­er, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor, NET Devel­op­er, Web Design­er, E Com­merce Man­ag­er, Web Con­tent Man­ag­er, E Com­merce Ana­lyst and Web Devel­op­er.  Spe­cial­ists who have expe­ri­ence with elec­tron­ic com­merce are required to have knowl­edge of par­tic­u­lar tech­nolo­gies and tools, espe­cial­ly when it comes to posi­tions that will be involved with devel­op­ing soft­ware and websites.

Some of the skills which are most com­mon­ly required include the likes of Adobe Life­Cy­cle ES, appli­ca­tion man­age­ment, busi­ness devel­op­ment, cus­tomer rela­tion­ship man­age­ment, man­age­ment con­sult­ing, Microsoft Pow­er­Point 9, Ora­cle E‑Business Suite, Ora­cle Java and Project Man­age­ment.  Elec­tron­ic com­merce pro­fes­sion­als are recruit­ed for jobs most fre­quent­ly in New York City, with over 2700 jobs adver­tised in the New York metro area which were requir­ing this tal­ent just in the month of July alone, a rise of 36 per­cent in com­par­i­son to the same time last year.  Oth­er metro areas which also have a high lev­el of demand for such skills include cities such as Chica­go, Los Ange­les, San Fran­cis­co and Seattle.

Employ­ers face challenges

With the demand for hir­ing con­tin­u­ing, the rel­a­tive­ly lim­it­ed sup­ply of tal­ent of poten­tial can­di­dates with elec­tron­ic com­merce expe­ri­ence is set to cre­ate chal­lenges for employ­ers, with recruiters across the US spend­ing an aver­age of around six weeks adver­tis­ing posi­tions and sourc­ing candidates.

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