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The IT talent deficit is increasingly prevalent, as leaders across a number of verticals and company sizes struggle to find highly-qualified employees to fill critical IT holes. As CIO.com stated in a recent article, “Even IT heavyweights like Adobe and Facebook struggle to adequately source and screen enough engineering talent to meet the demand for these skills.”
In fact, the article also contends that the global war for IT talent is “only going to intensify in 2016.” “The number of IT jobs that need to be filled is simply growing faster than the rate at which we are producing people who can fill them,” explains Jorge Garcia, Atrion’s Director of Professional Services. “And, for those who are lucky enough to find a candidate, too many organizations get stuck in the ongoing cycle of ‘hiring and hoping’—that is, keeping their fingers crossed that they brought the right person, with the right skill set and attributes, on board.”
According to Gartner’s 2016 CIO report, talent has now been recognized globally as the “single biggest issue” preventing CIOs from achieving their objectives. Specifically, CIOs struggle to fill talent gaps around big data, analytics and information management.
So what are the chief factors causing the IT talent deficit? And, perhaps more importantly, how can you keep this problem from seeping into your company? Let’s take a look …