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Recruiting: Invest In Training With IT Staff

A common theme here on the blog and, well… everywhere else is that companies are having a hard time finding “qualified” or “skilled” IT pros.

I use “” because in part CIO’s and companies are being too picky.

Rather than do that rant again (I’ll save that for another day) let’s talk about this from the developer, DBA or Security Admin perspective.

Attend any IT user group meeting and you will likely hear someone talk about taking a class, working on a certification, attending a conference… doing something to learn new technology, get better at what they do, stay with or get ahead of the technology curve, etc.

You will also hear this question:

“How are you paying for it?”

Most often the response is:

“Out of pocket”

Fact: many (most) companies do little if anything to develop their IT staff yet they talk about the skills shortage.

Here is a simple recruiting and retaining strategy... help your IT staff stay current, relevant with their skills. Help with their career development and path.

Or not... and continue to wonder why you have a recruiting, retention and “skills gap” dilemma.

A recent Robert Half survey (Aug 2013) shows how important this is to IT folks:

IT workers were asked, "When evaluating a job opportunity, how important is the ability to gain new skills in that role?" Their responses:

    • 68% Very important
    • 30% Somewhat important
    • 2% Not important

IT workers were also asked, "How concerned are you about keeping your skills current in the next three to five years?" Their responses:

    • 64% Very concerned
    • 29% Somewhat concerned
    • 7% Not concerned

CIOs were asked, "Does your organization have a training and development program for IT professionals?" Their responses:

    • 55% Yes
    • 44% No
    • 1% Don't know

So maybe more companies are thinking about this than I think they are. Still… I suggest 44% is a really low number.


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