Demand for Tech Talent Continues to Grow
The hiring numbers from the latest TEKsystems "Reality Check," an ongoing state-of-IT report, convey a familiar theme: Employers continue to expand the hiring of IT staff, whether for full-time or contingency workers. They're also having a tough time filling open positions because of the lack of available or suitably skilled talent. They also lack the budget funding needed to meet the salary demands of experienced candidates. "In the digital era, technology is ubiquitous, and most organizations will require consistent access to IT talent at every level of expertise in order to grow and innovate," said Matt Hannigan, vice president of strategy and marketing for TEKsystems. "Even if access to certain talent pipelines does tighten or close, the need for that talent will remain, and organizations will have to adjust in real time or risk derailing their technology initiatives. This necessitates a greater focus on workforce planning strategies and increased creativity in the methods they employ to source new talent, train existing talent and retain all talent—the competition for which will only become more intense." The findings also cover the question of whether management has confidence in IT's ability to satisfy and support core tech demands, new initiatives and line-of-business needs, and we've included those here. More than 200 hiring managers, CIOs, IT directors and other technology leaders took part in the research.