Recent polls show IT departments are gearing up to start hiring again. That’s great news for folks looking for new jobs — but it could mean trouble for managers trying to hang on to their best workers.
While 9% of IT managers plan to hire new employees soon, just 4% plan to let people go, according to a recent Robert Half Technology survey of 1,400 CIOs. The net 5% gain up from 3% in the first quarter of this year, and 2% a year ago.
Competition for employee will be even tougher when it comes to folks with these skills:
- Project management
- Network administration
- Virtualization and cloud computing
- Business analysis
- Business process improvement
- Web development
- Database management
- Windows administration, and
- Desktop support
Those are the IT skills most in-demand today, according to a Tech Republic survey that asked IT managers, “What skill set will your company be looking to add in 2010?”
How can IT departments attract and retain those sought-after workers? Experts recommend taking these steps:
- Review your compensation and benefits to make sure they’re still competitive in the market.
- Focus on low- or no-cost benefits, such as flex time, telecommuting and training.
- Give your most valuable more responsibility, or shift job duties to avoid burnout.
- Add an internship program to your recruiting efforts. (As we wrote here, the number of college students studying computer science has increase over the past couple of years — you’ll want to tap into that talent pool early.)