Employers Beware: Tech Talent Poaching Up in 2011

A recent study by IT job

search specialist Dice found more than half (54 percent) of hiring managers and

recruiters anticipate that tech talent poaching will get more aggressive this

year, while just 3 percent of respondents expect it to let up.

That expectation is

amplified when looking at hiring managers working in the technology or

consulting industries. In those markets, 62 percent of those surveyed said

talent skirmishes would get more aggressive, against 1 percent in the less

aggressive camp.

The survey suggested hiring

managers are taking frequent steps to keep technology talent from departing to

the competition. The most popular tactics were accommodating flexible work

hours, offering work on new or emerging technologies, and increasing salaries.

Still, a majority of hiring managers (54 percent) said they believe they can

tell when a technology professional is about to exit.

The most frequent sign is a

change in habits related to work or a noticeable lack of engagement with

colleagues or projects, but other signals include employees taking large

numbers of single-day absences, changing to more formal dress and getting

up-to-date on expense accounts. Hiring managers also said they believe hiring

multi-skilled, experienced technology professionals with industry-specific

experience helps diminish the potential risk around making a poor hiring

decision. Nearly three-quarters of corporate respondents were doubtful that the

requirement for industry experience would be relaxed in 2011, saying that

relaxing the requirement would be unlikely or there would be no change.

For more, read the eWeek article: IT Talent Poaching to Increase in 2011: Report.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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