Where the Skills Aren'tNo. 1 Networking21%Growing in importance for IT shops, but slow growing skill set for IT pros.
See also IT Skills in Demand Now Even with thousands upon thousands of experienced IT pros looking for work, many information technology executives say they are finding it difficult to find talented workers in several key areas of their organizations. Maybe they're not trying hard enough, or maybe they're just looking in the wrong places or maybe there exists a mismatch between available workers and the specific jobs open in today's marketplace. IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology recently asked the following question of 1,400 IT leaders, from companies with more than 100 employees: "In which functional area is it most challenging to find skilled IT professionals?" The answer was something of a mixed bag and one that leaves many questions about the state of IT hiring. The execs mentioned a number of specific tasks that are going begging, with spots in networking, security and help desk support taking the top spots. Only a relatively small fraction said they could find all the talent they need. Where are you experiencing problems in the job market?
Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
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