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How To Get The IT Talent You Need When The Demand For IT Skills and Salary Costs Increases

Posted by Dave Lazor on Thu, Aug 28, 2014


describe the imageGrowing companies are wising up to the importance of having strong technology leaders. 

But succeeding at hiring IT employees today is an uphill climb, especially in a technology landscape where winning talent is quickly scooped up by other companies, or the cost of keeping them is too great.

HR managers and IT managers looking for qualified candidates – all while trying to innovate and progress business technology – face these challenges:

  • Reviewing resumes, conducting background checks and interviewing potential candidates is time-consuming, and assessing technical competency and aptitude can be difficult
  • Onboarding and ramping up new employees is not cost-effective under the deadline of impending IT projects.
  • Finding and hiring qualified senior leadership is even harder in today’s IT job market.

When your company needs to run, and IT projects need to get done, how do you find winning talent without going over budget or risking the success of current technology projects?

The Rise Of IT And Computer Support Jobs

To truly get a sense of the evolving landscape, let’s look at some statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • In 2014, Computer Support Specialist jobs were at 766,900.
  • The projected growth rate for Computer Support Specialist jobs from now through 2022 is 12%. This is considered “faster than average” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Information Security Analyst jobs were at 75,100 in 2012.
  • The projected growth rate for Information Security Analyst jobs is 37%, another “much faster than average” projection.

The Cost of Hiring IT Personnel

As the cost of hiring information technology positions grows and hiring winning talent becomes more difficult, what alternatives exist for technology-focused companies?

Growing Your Company With IT Consulting

Here are some statistics from IBISWorld on the growing presence of IT consultants:

  • IT consulting in the U.S. has experienced an annual growth rate of 3.6% between 2009 and 2014.
  • The most recent annual employment rate was 1,851,028.
  • 442,549 U.S. businesses use IT consulting.

The process of finding, hiring and onboarding a new IT employee takes time. The process of finding a suitable IT consulting partner also takes time, but integrating IT consultants into your business is generally quicker and primed for better long-term results.

The Benefits Of Hiring Consultants Over In-House Employees

  • Your company receives a fully vetted, trained team of IT professionals.
  • The team supports your company and one another. For example, if something comes up that your main point of contact is not sure how to address, there is an entire team of IT specialists that are able to help.
  • As new technologies arise, the IT team learns and readies consultants in anticipation of inquiries from your company. This eliminates the need for you to spend time and money on training.
  • Given the variety of IT skills within the consulting organization, your company has access to many different technology specialists in areas such as day-to-day system management, app development, CMS customization and more.

Are you considering abandoning your IT hiring efforts and partnering with the perfect IT consultants? Making the switch may actually give your current set of IT solutions that dreamed-about boost.To learn more about how to find the right IT partner for your growing business, click on the button below to download Lazorpoint’s free report.Ask Questions: How To Find That Perfect Managed IT Partner 

Tags: it management, IT strategy, IT team

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