Highly skilled IT workers still in demand: 2008 IT Hiring Trends report

by Editor 6/10/2008 2:18:00 PM
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Leading staffing services firm Veritude has released a new report that shows that IT employees with specific skills are very much in demand and that the talent pool for such professionals is very limited.

The "2008 IT Hiring Trends" report confirms that, despite the recession, companies are aware of the need for highly skilled IT workers with strategic and cultural fits. These workers are now harder to find and keep, with the 2 percent unemployment rate among U.S. college graduates.  

More than half (53 percent) of the IT professionals who were included in the survey expact to raise the number of IT workers this year and 43 percent expect their IT staffing to hold steady. Only four percent of the respondents said that they expected their IT staffing to decrease,  

The survey also reveals that 77 percent of the expected new hires are permanent positions.

Veritude's senior vice president Kate Donovan says:

"Despite recent economic woes across many industries, we are finding that IT jobs are still in high demand with employers continuing to forecast steady growth of IT staffing levels. Many earlier advances in IT were in automating tasks and basic programming. Now employers need on-site IT professionals who can contribute at a strategic level in using IT to achieve and sustain competitive advantages."

As many as 73 percent of companies say that IT job candidates with higher-level business intelligence and enterprise solutions support are the most difficult to find. At the same time, 53 percent of the respondents say that the biggest challenge to IT hiring is finding qualified candidates, while 40 percent of them say that it is finding specific skills.

"In order to be competitive, it is critical that companies overcome the IT hiring challenges that our research has uncovered. In working with our clients to place IT professionals, we have found that cultural fit and flexible work conditions are often key tipping points to attracting and retaining the right candidates and becoming the employer of choice," Donovan says.

40 percent of the IT professionals who expect to increase the number of their IT staff also voiced willingness to work with an outside staffing services provider.The Veritude exec adds: 

"IT is a hot hiring segment now and employers routinely turn to external recruiters and staffing firms in these tight conditions."

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