We’ve posted on the much-cited “talent gap” in the IT marketplace and hope to continue the conversation with insights from our industry colleagues. A new survey of hiring managers by Dice highlighted the most sought-after skills:
“The most difficult hires to find and secure among today’s pool of tech candidates: Java developers, mobile developers, .NET developers and software developers. Those positions are cited by hiring managers and recruiters about double or triple the frequency of other skill sets in the employment marketplace.”
Noting the recurrence of key skill areas, the Dice article asks the inevitable, “Why isn’t the market fixing the talent gap?”
“In some cases such as mobile developers, the market is expanding faster than the talent pool can adapt. That in turn impacts software developers who can fairly transition into the mobile space. Still, not all the positions or skillsets on the list are in the “sexiest” corners of the tech employment market.
There are other factors too. Technology hiring managers largely want journeymen, not apprentices. Asked for experience preference, corporate hiring managers most frequently say IT pros with two to five years in the workforce, followed by those with six to 10 years’ experience. Competition is fierce when companies are all chasing the same talent, making positions hard-to-fill.
Finally, even with an unemployment rate for technology professionals hovering around 3.5 percent, bold hiring decisions are not on the agenda. Companies are largely sticking to their terms. Sometimes the pay is unacceptable. Sometimes the requirements are for fantasy candidates. And, sometimes talent remains as elusive as the next great idea to fix our tech talent gaps.”
Are you an IT pro or hiring manager with your own experience in the race for talent? Drop us a line to share your views on why this gap persists in our industry.