IT recruitment problems surface as jobs market picks up

More than six in 10 companies are actively recruiting IT staff, but half are experiencing difficulties, according to research. In the same survey last year, 35 per cent of companies were encountering problems.

The survey by consultancy Watson Wyatt reveals that retention of IT staff is also beginning to become more of a problem.

In last year’s study only 7 per cent of companies indicated that they were experiencing problems retaining key IT staff. This has risen to 17 per cent.

“Companies are increasingly taking a ‘total reward’ approach to counter retention issues,” said Elaine Devonshire, a consultant at Watson Wyatt.

“Our study three years ago showed that base pay was the main tool used to retain IT staff. Our most recent study shows that the creation of training and development opportunities and flexible working are now the key retention methods.”

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