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It's not easy being a hiring manager in the IT industry these days. Constantly faced with the conflicting demands of retaining good quality tech employees, attracting new skilled talent for upcoming business needs, as well as keeping labor budgets in check, can be a daunting task to say the least. Yet not giving workforce issues proper attention can seriously harm an organization in the long run.
Of the IT executives polled in Gartner Research's recent IT industry trends reports, nearly two-thirds stated that hiring for their IT job industries would be put on hold until February of 2010. This may or may not be a wise choice because in spite of the fluctuating economy, certain IT skill sets such as Oracle, SAP, Java,.Net, SOA, and PeopleSoft continue to be highly sought after. Therefore, it is essential that IT industry executives keep employee engagement and retention top priority. This will help prevent the costly mistake of having to supplant the skilled employees they have in these roles because replacing them could be very difficult and time consuming.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|