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CIOs Reveal Top Barriers To Bringing On Tech Talent
Out of Reach Compensation Expectations and Candidate Shortages to Blame, Report Shows

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The tech sector has long been called a job-seekers market, and while it bodes well for IT workers, the odds are often stacked against employers. In a new survey from Robert Half Technology, CIOs offered insights on today's hiring difficulties. The most common barrier to landing the best candidates is not being able to meet salary demands (44 percent), followed by not finding enough qualified applicants (33 percent) and not being seen as an employer of choice (21 percent).

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A lengthy hiring process is also a hindrance. The Robert Half Technology research shows it takes an average of 4.5 weeks to fill a staff-level IT role, and 41 percent of technology leaders surveyed said their hiring process takes longer than they would like.

From the candidate's perspective, a report from Robert Half found that the most frustrating part of the job search is the long post-interview wait to hear if they got the job, according to 57 percent of workers. When asked how long they are willing to wait for a status update from an employer before losing interest in the role, 69 percent of workers said up to two weeks. 

See an infographic for a breakdown of the full results.

"The hiring process is often the first impression a candidate has with a company and can set the tone for the relationship," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Don't let a long and complicated hiring process or lower-than-market compensation package leave an unfavorable impression with a job seeker. Keep the experience positive by presenting a competitive salary and moving quickly to make an offer."   

Robert Half Technology offers five tips for keeping the hiring process efficient:

  1. Be prepared. Before posting a job opening, communicate with your team to determine the skills and experience needed. Use industry resources such as the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide to research the latest salaries, benefits, incentives and perks to see what you can offer. 
  2. Work with a recruiter. If you're short of time and resources to hire, contact a staffing firm that can give you accurate insights into the local market and assist you throughout the hiring process.
  3. Move quickly. Don't allow too much time to pass between interviews, internal discussions and the final offer. Have your key staff members meet top candidates so you can make a speedy and well-supported decision. 
  4. Communicate openly and often. Be transparent throughout different phases of the interview process. Clearly describe the role, responsibilities and compensation package, and always update your top candidates on their status and the next steps.  
  5. Make an offer. When your team decides to extend an offer, make sure the compensation is fair and competitive. Have internal discussions with human resources to know your limitations in case of salary negotiations.

About the Research

The survey of more than 2,500 CIOs in 25 metropolitan areas in the U.S. was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. workers currently employed in professional environments was developed by Robert Half, parent company of Robert Half Technology, and conducted by an independent research firm.

About Robert Half Technology 

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at roberthalf.com/technology. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.

 

SOURCE Robert Half Technology

For further information: Jenn Popovic, (650) 234-6033, jennifer.popovic@roberthalf.com