IT Principals seek better resources, more experienced talent
Article By VAR Staffing
The technology hiring landscape looks better than the national average. Last week the Labor Department released its June unemployment numbers, which find that 8.2 percent of Americans are currently unemployed, as only 80,000 new jobs were created. The IT market outlook is not as bleak, as its unemployment rate currently stands at 4.4 percent.
The better numbers, however, do not mean that an IT hiring boom is taking place. In fact, IT Principals are becoming more focused in what they are looking for and are seeking better resources to answer IT challenges.
A new report from technology job site Dice, which polled a number of IT Principals, took a look at what skill sets are desired.
“Technology hiring managers largely want journeymen, not apprentices,” the reports says. “Asked for experience preference, corporate hiring managers most frequently say IT pros with two to five years in the workforce, followed by those with six to 10 years experience. Competition is fierce when companies are all chasing the same talent, making positions hard-to-fill.”
The report goes on to talk about companies’ reluctance to develop talent from within. The hit-or-miss nature of internal training regimen has employers shifting the responsibility to the individual. According to IT Principals interviewed for the piece, many hiring managers don’t expect IT professionals to stay with a firm for more than three years, which makes any significant investment on training and retention programs difficult to justify.
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