The survey, by IT recruitment firm Robert Half, reveals that 91% of Aussie chief information officers say it is “challenging” to source qualified IT professionals – a concern particularly prevalent in mid-sized companies.
And, losing their top IT employees to competitors is a continuing problem for ICT companies — also most prevalent in mid-sized firms — with 84% expressing concern about the problem.
Robert Half senior managing director David Jones says “employers today are faced with a dual challenge”.
But, Jones says, the survey shows that achieving the right mix of skills is not always without challenges.
The survey found that the overwhelming majority of employers (91%) say it is very (29%) or somewhat (62%) challenging to find qualified IT professionals.
And, in comparison to company size, 98% of small companies judge the sourcing of IT talent as challenging, compared to 88% of large companies and 87% of mid-sized companies.
“The demand for IT professionals with niche, specialist skills is a growing market, and companies are placing an increasing focus on sourcing the right talent that can provide the company with a competitive edge,” Jones says.
“Increased investment and further initiatives in both technology and non-technology businesses have, however, compounded a talent shortage, leaving companies vying for top IT talent.”
“Today’s top IT professionals often receive multiple job offers. Companies therefore need to act fast if they find a candidate with the right skill set, while at the same time ensuring remuneration is competitive,” Jones suggests.
And, Jones notes that demand for skilled IT talent doesn’t only highlight the need to have a strong recruitment strategy in place, but that increased candidate confidence — and mobility — make effective staff retention policies a top priority as well.
According to the survey, more than eight in ten (84%) IT leaders are concerned about losing their top performers to a competing organisation with medium-sized companies (88%) being more concerned than small (80%) and large companies (82%).