Which IT employees will be hardest to hire and keep in 2010?

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:

  1. Project management
  2. Security
  3. Network administration
  4. Virtualization and cloud computing
  5. Business analysis
  6. Business process improvement
  7. Web development
  8. Database management
  9. Windows administration, and
  10. 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:

  1. Review your compensation and benefits to make sure they’re still competitive in the market.
  2. Focus on low- or no-cost benefits, such as flex time, telecommuting and training.
  3. Give your most valuable more responsibility, or shift job duties to avoid burnout.
  4. 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.)
  • Steve Crawoford

    I agree, seen alot of movement of “A” players.
    What is the market doing with “retention” compensation?

  • Patrick Cooper

    Steve – good question. It will get very interesting in the coming years.

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