Get ready for ‘talent wars,’ say IT staffing experts

After an extended period of rough job prospects, IT pros may soon find they’re in high demand. And that means competitors will be after your employees.

That’s according to Alice Hill, managing director at IT job board, who in a recent web post warned that a talent shortage will create intense competition for talent soon.

In a recent Dice survey, 54% of IT managers said they expect poaching of IT employees will be more aggressive this year.

How are IT departments gearing up for the fight for talent? Most common tactics include raising salaries, accommodating flexible schedules, and giving top employees the chance to work on new and emerging technologies.

Many companies also plan to deal with individual cases of employees they worry are planning to leave the company. Those people can often be identified by changes in behavior related to their work and disengagement with their colleagues, as well as an increase in single day absences and more formal dress.