Hays Information Technology survey: most valued skills in IT recruitment

by Editor 9/25/2008 4:43:00 PM
UK’s leading IT recruitment consultancy Hays Information Technology has released the results of a new survey.

Hays Information Technology polled senior professionals across public and private sectors in the UK to find out what personal and professional skills they were looking for in IT job candidates.

The two primary factors in the recruitment of middle and senior IT management, the survey shows, are strong business awareness of both IT and non-IT issues and leadership skills. Also high on the list are the ability to apply strategy to the wider business and having strategic focus, strong technical and industry knowledge.

“You need a proven track record and be up to date with the direction of technology. But you need to think strategically, give clear direction and engage with people,” says James Lloyd-Townsend, managing director of Hays Information Technology.

The results also showed that, while the majority of employers are satisfied with their IT management teams, more than 25 percent are looking for new IT staff and six out of 10 plan to recruit new talent over the next 12 months.

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