Why CIOs Struggle to Hire Tech Talent

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-20-2016 Email

CIOs and IT decision-makers said they face increasing challenges to recruit qualified tech talent for open positions, according to a recent survey from Randstad Technologies. The resulting "Information Technology Workplace Trends Guide" report reveals that it's taking nearly three months to fill open, non-executive positions. Meanwhile, survey respondents said they're getting increasingly concerned about turnover, as the red-hot market encourages in-demand IT pros to seek jobs with potentially more appeal to them. The continuing recruitment struggles are creating significant revenue and business performance threats, findings indicate. To boost the effectiveness of their efforts, organizations are turning to a wider range of recruitment channels, developing relationships with local universities and, of course, offering more money. "At the helm of (the digital) revolution are the technology professionals tasked with leveraging and implementing emerging technologies at lightning speed," according to the report. "Their output will determine whether companies can effectively capitalize on the digital revolution. Perhaps that is why the recruitment and retention of IT talent are among the greatest challenges to organizations' abilities to meet revenue or business performance targets. The need for quality talent remains high, and organizations across the globe now recognize the need to fight for the best candidates." A total of 222 IT decision-makers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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