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8 hot IT hiring trends — and 8 going cold

Paul Heltzel | Sept. 19, 2017
Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT’s biggest challenge today. Here’s how companies are coping — and what’s cooling off when it comes to IT staffing.

And it’s not just the long radio silence — if they hear back at all — that job candidates find daunting.

“Job seekers reported being exposed to skills testing and assessments in their candidate experience more than any other recruiting technology, but it is also the technology they would least like to see the in the future,” according to WorkplaceTrends’ Future of Recruiting Study.

The upside? About 70 percent of employers plan to invest more in their candidate experience, the study says.


Hot: Increased compensation for talent

Compensation across the board for workers is expected to go up about 3 percent this year, and a bit more than that in 2018, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

Despite salaries going up, most people are open to new opportunities. About 75 percent of developers are keeping an eye out for their next job, according to Stack Overflow. As IT hiring managers find it hard to fill positions, salaries rise to meet demand.

“The biggest challenge for companies right now from a talent perspective is retention,” says Schawbel. “It gets harder to get people to stay, so you have to have a more competitive salary — and then benefits packages also become more important.”


Cold: Diversity in the workplace

In terms of job opportunities, it’s probably no surprise that Millennials have the edge. Those between 25-30 years old get the most job offers, reports Hired’s 2017 State of Global Tech Salaries. After the age of 45, the average salary and number of job offers decline. After 50, most IT pros see a significant decline in salary in line with their experience.

And what about gender and racial diversity?

Women make up less than a third of the tech workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology. As for the C suite, only about 20 percent of CIO positions are held by women, as of 2016.

Here’s a snapshot of racial diversity in IT: The most recent U.S. census report on jobs in IT shows just 7 percent of IT workers are African-American compared to 11 percent of the entire workforce.

Hispanic workers were about 7 percent of the IT workforce, despite being 16 percent of the workforce overall. Asian IT workers fare better, about 18 percent, compared to 6 percent of the working population. And about 70 percent of IT workers are white (76 percent of all workers).

“Gender diversity, ethnic diversity and the generational clash are big topics right now in Silicon Valley,” says Schawbel. “We still see a lack of diversity even though the evidence shows that a more diverse workforce creates more productivity and creativity. Companies are extremely slow to change. There's no published evidence they’re doing much about it.”


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