Pretty much every company needs a reliable IT team to stay up and running, which is why there’s a massive demand for these jobs. Whether you’re looking to expand your IT team or are concerned with retention, it’s essential to be informed about the talent shortage and plan ahead.
Here’s a look at the data surrounding the demand for key IT positions and tips to help you secure — and retain — top talent.
7 In-Demand IT Jobs
Generally speaking, computer jobs are a hot commodity right now. For example, the expected growth rate for all occupations is 5% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the predicted job growth for computer occupations is 12%.
Here’s a look at the BLS projected job growth for seven popular IT jobs through 2028.
- Information security analysts: 32%
- Software developers: 21%
- Computer and information research scientists: 16%
- Web developers: 13%
- Computer support specialists: 10%
- Computer systems analysts: 9%
- Database administrators: 9%
Spice Up Your Job Descriptions
Top talent have their choice of employers, so they won’t give boring or outdated job descriptions a second look. Avoid this by writing a fresh description for each position. The tech world changes quickly, so processes, procedures, and software needs to be updated to reflect the present day.
It’s also important to make the content interesting and engaging. Since these jobs are technical in nature, it’s easy for descriptions to become dull and mundane, so have a little fun with it. You need to sell prospects on your company, so use the job description to explain what makes it special.
Pay Competitive Wages
Money shouldn’t be the most important aspect of a job, but it does play a huge role. The salary you pay employees dictates their standard of living, so if you aren’t paying at least industry standard wages, you’ll have a hard time creating — and maintaining — a robust team. Use data from the BLS website to find average salaries for IT positions in your local area.
Provide Enticing Perks
Make working at your company second-to-none by offering perks too good to pass up. For example, you might offer 100% paid health insurance premiums, a pet-friendly workplace, work from home options, or onsite childcare. This can be especially helpful if you can’t afford to pay top salaries, as quality of life is a huge part of any job.
Take on a Staffing Partner
The best and brightest IT professionals are typically already employed. Connecting with passive talent can be challenging because they’re not actively seeking a job change. Staffing agencies can serve as a bridge between you and these candidates because they maintain a huge database of talent only looking to make a move for the right job. This is often the only way to connect with these people, so don’t let your competition get them instead.
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