IT Hiring Trends and the Benefits of Outsourcing
While the willingness of organizations to face digital transformation challenges and seek the best opportunities to utilize digital technologies is still strong, the IT talent capable of supporting their digital transformation journeys is missing.
After surveying more than 2,800 IT decision-makers in the United States, the global human resource consulting firm Robert Half published its 2020 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, in which it details the impact the ongoing talent gap is having on organizations and their IT hiring practices.
The report paints a picture of a job market where qualified IT job candidates hold all the power in their hands, while organizations are doing what they can to adapt and find ways how to fill the skills gap without exceeding budgets. Zooming in on specific parts of this picture reveals why outsourcing to a well-staffed technology managed services provider (MSP) with certified engineers and technicians has become such an effective strategy.
Candidates Don’t Wait
The 2020 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide revealed that 67% of IT managers want to expand their teams, but 89% of them reported challenges in recruiting that talent. One important reason why so many IT managers struggle to recruit the right people is that candidates are no longer willing to wait around a long time to hear a decision.
With attractive job opportunities everywhere, they can choose organizations not only based on their skills and experience but also based on their personal preferences. An organization that makes it immediately obvious to a candidate that they would like to see him or her as part of their team has a much better chance of hiring that candidate than an organization with a long hiring process.
The only downside of a rapid, streamlined hiring process is that it often increases the already high chance of hiring the wrong person. Out of the 2,800 IT decision-makers interviewed for the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, 95% admitted to having made a bad hire at some point, potentially caused by rushing to a decision.
Not All Projects Require a Full-Time Employee
In 2020, some of the most demanded roles, according to the 2020 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, will be blockchain developers and engineers, business intelligence analysts, cloud specialists (engineers, architects, systems engineers), data specialists (engineers, scientists, visualization experts), developers (web, software, mobile, VR/AR/MR), and DevOps engineers.
The unfortunate truth is that not every organization will be able to fill these roles with a new full-time employee. And, not every organization needs to. 90% of technology managers surveyed by Robert Half Technology said they are trying to upskill some or all of their employees, and 95% said they plan to bring in project-based professionals to support their core staff where they can find them.
A New Hiring Model for the Digital Age
As an answer to projects becoming increasingly complex and the IT talent shortage getting worse, a new hiring model for the digital age is emerging. This model is based on the principle of flexibility, and it recognizes the value of augmenting full-time employees and outsourcing to an experienced, well-staffed MSP like Vology.
Of course, outsourcing is nothing new, and entire books have been written about its effectiveness. What’s new is the need to use it to tackle the ongoing IT talent shortage, maintain quick competitive response, and pursue complex initiatives without overwhelming core IT teams.
With outsourcing, organizations gain instant access to skilled expertise regardless of its current availability on the job market, which allows them to increase in-house efficiency, focus on core activities, maintain financial flexibility, and gain a competitive edge in the market.