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Why CIOs Struggle to Hire Tech Talent

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-20-2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IT execs can’t find candidates whose skills match requirements for open positions, and the recruitment struggles are impacting business performance.
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    89% of IT decision-makers admit that they struggle to find candidates whose skills match requirements for open positions, and 79% said it is more difficult to find and hire quality IT talent than it was a year ago.
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    71% said they are more concerned about turnover this year than last.
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    55% said they struggle to find needed, skilled talent has created one of the biggest internal threats to meeting revenue or business performance targets.
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    Most Common Lacking Qualities of IT Job Candidates

    Relevant on-the-job experience: 46%, Tech skills: 41%, Soft skills (like communications): 31%, The "right" culture fit: 26%
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    45% of IT decision-makers are using a wider range of recruitment channels (such as social media) to improve hiring effectiveness, and 37% are offering higher salaries.
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    29% are developing relationships at local colleges and universities to boost recruiting success, and 23% are providing better benefits.
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    65% said their organization tries to tailor retention programs to the specific needs and preferences of workers from different generations.
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    Money Talks

    94% said their organization's IT salaries are either higher or the same as they were a year ago.
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    Among IT decision-makers who said salaries are increasing, 37% reward employees for exceeding revenue goals.
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    Staffing/recruiting company: 52%, LinkedIn: 37%, Traditional Job Boards: 37%
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    83% of IT leaders who use skills assessment solutions said the tools are "critical" to the hiring process.
 

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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