There’s an interesting article in The Register today about the difficulties tech companies are facing in recruiting staff. According to an IDG survey, 60% of senior managers in tech companies are struggling to attract staff, and The Register comes up with some interesting ideas about why this is so – you can read them here.
Are they right? Their first suggestion is pay – and to pay more. It’s an obvious answer, and it does have its merits, but unless you have particularly deep pockets, this is not necessarily the answer. There are, of course, some companies that pay below the market rate, but in our experience, most companies now are aware of people’s salary expectations are prepared to meet them.
It’s their second and third points that are particularly worth reading though – there’s increasingly a demand by companies to hire fully formed staff who have every area of the job spec honed to perfection – and a corresponding reluctance to train both existing employees and new hires on new technology. Hiring for aptitude would not only make finding talent easier, but would also diversify the workplace. Companies also restrict their hiring pool by discounting potential employees that don’t fit into a preconceived vision of what their company should look like – being more open would undoubtedly benefit them through an increase in experience, and different viewpoints.
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