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Is Hiring for IT Pros Slowing down

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IT job market growth slows for the 4th month

The number of IT jobs created has fallen for the 4th month in a row. From a peak of 29,500 in March of this year it now was 8,500 in July.  Added to that some of the major tech companies have reduced their hiring plans.  For example, Apple has eliminated all of it contract recruiters, signaling they do not plan to hire as many IT pros as they had planned.

IT Hiring Slows

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Retention of New Hires is Key in a Tight Labor Market

IT job market prospects are tied to overall US national employment

 

Jiring IT ProsIT skills are very transferable.  The IT job market is tight with over 200,000 open positions due to a lack of qualified candidates.  If a qualified IT pro is not pleased with their existing position, it is not to hard to find another. It no longer is a stigma to change jobs every few years.

 

The current 25 to 45 year old IT pros, for the most part, are not tied to a particular company that they plan on working for 20 years or till retirement. Many of them feel it is normal to work for a year or two for a company, get the experience and training they need, and move on to a new company - even into a new industry. Company locality is a thing of the past. That was not the case 10 to 20 years ago.

 

Covid only made the problem worse because so many companies went out of business and IT departments were reduced or eliminated via outsourcing. IT pros feel that it happened once to them or their friends and will happen again. Therefore they have to look out for themselves and change jobs when it suits them.

 

What companies have to do is give employees a reason to stay. The key is to have  a stable management team from CIO down to supervisor.  The focus has to be on long term team development with a compensation and fringe benefit program that rewards long-term loyalty.  

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- Retention of New Hires is Key in a Tight Labor Market


Top 10 CIO HR and Staffing Issues

CIO and IT managers have staffing issues that need to be addressed

CIO Staffing issues

The most important aspect of any business is recruiting, selecting, and retaining top people. Research shows those organizations that spend more time recruiting high-caliber people earn 22% higher return to shareholders than their industry peers. However, most employers do a miserable job selecting people. Many companies rely on outdated and ineffective interviewing and hiring techniques. This critical responsibility sometimes gets the least emphasis.

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- Top 10 CIO HR and Staffing Issues


February employment picture improves in 31 states

States with the Lowest Unemployment -- Full Employment States

State unemployment rates continue to improve. At the start of the shutdown, there were 14 states with unemployment rates of less than 3.5%. For the first time since the start of the pandemic there were 14 full employment states.

In February the 14 states with unemployment rates 3.0% or less) were - Alabama (3.05); North Dakota (2.9%); Virginia (2.9%); Wisconsin (2.9%); Iowa (2.8%); Minnesota (2.7%); New Hampshire (2.7%); Montana (2.6%); Oklahoma (2.6%); South Dakota (2.6%); Kentucky (2.5%); Illinois (2.3%); Nebraska (2.1%); and Utah (2.1%).

Full employment states - Februiary 2022

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- February employment picture improves in 31 states


Implications of IT job market and employer/employee relationships due to pandemic

How hard wil it be to retain and hire needed IT Pros

Questions that many CIOs and HR executives have are what the implications to the pandemic and the current economic outlook for the IT Job Market are. Hiring will remain brisk given there is not a major downturn in the overall economic environment.

Demand for IT Pros

The experience of 2020 and 2021 have fundamentally employer/employee relationships. The work-life intersection has new meaning. Working from Home and remote meetings were shown to be effective but at a cost.  A recent Gallup poll found those who prefer remote work now cite reduced commute times and better work-life balance as the key component of the employer/employee relationship and job requirement.

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