Why Headhunters Won't Leave IT Pros Alone

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-12-03 Email

Demand for qualified tech talent is growing at such a high rate that many IT professionals said they get at least 10 inquiries from headhunters every year, according to a recent survey from Harvey Nash. The resulting report, "Are You Ready? Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2016," indicates that most hiring managers are struggling with a tech skills shortage. Many IT workers took advantage of the demand during the past year by changing jobs to obtain higher salaries, better work-life balance, and an opportunity to work on innovative projects or have access to exciting technologies. "Innovations today are creating huge demand for skilled technologists, and this demand for talent is powering a resurgence in the importance of technology compensation," Bob Miano, president and CEO of Harvey Nash USAPAC, wrote in the report's introduction. "If the past 12 months are any indicator, the health of the technology job market will be robust in 2016; developers and software engineers, in particular, can expect to field multiple inquiries from headhunters. Never has there been a better time to be a technology professional, with the [boardroom] increasingly telling us to invent, design and grow profitability for the business." The findings also shed light on a variety of industry topics, including a lack of gender diversity within the ranks and the promise of tech developments such as driverless cars and artificial intelligence. Nearly 2,960 global technology professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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