Small Firms Win Over IT TalentBy Allan Alter | Posted 06-07-2007
Midsize Firms Beef Up on Technologists
Programmers are in demand. Midmarket firms have modest IT organizations but will generate an enormous number of new IT jobs, since nearly 60% expect their IT organizations to grow in the next 12 months and only 3% plan to cut back. They also experience a relatively low 6% turnover rate and most don't do college recruiting, which means most hiring will be to fill new positions for experienced IT professionals. Except for project management, the greatest demand will be for technical positionsparticularly programming, tech support and systems integrationrather than managerial jobs.
Mid-market Companies Retain Tech Talent
Working for mid-tier firms has its advantages. Mid-market companies may not offer the highest salaries or send employees to expensive training and leadership programs, but many offer IT professionals job stability, technical training and work/life balance. Large companies, by comparison, may be less attractive because of their greater reliance on outsourcing and the stronger likelihood of cutbacks. This means mid-market companies can be more attractive places to work than larger companies. CIOs at mid-market companies should press their advantage; they are not condemned to lose the "war for talent" simply because of their size.