There is no doubt that attracting and retaining talent is a challenge across industries. While the BLS has projected that the Information sector will grow by 7.4% between 2021 and 2023, layoffs, AI, and high candidate demands are still a concern for attracting and retaining top talent.

As stated by Insight Global, both companies and employees largely prefer a hybrid work model. Among employed workers surveyed by McKinsey, 87% opt for a hybrid work schedule when it’s available, with 55% working between one and four days at home. Flexible work options are crucial to your talent acquisition strategy and a must-have to remain competitive.

According to Gartner, global information technology industry spending will grow 2.4% this year. National and international government, banking, and investment services will see the highest level of IT spending growth and, consequently, recruitment and hiring. Rise above potential challenges and improve hiring results by incorporating our top tech talent insights into your recruitment strategy.

Source IT Talent

Sourcing talent is a key function for staffing and recruiting firms. Not only do they have access to a national talent pool, but they also have relationships with job boards that help you narrow down your search for talent that is actively looking and ready to take on a new role.

Remote work is here to stay. Broaden your talent search to these key states to find top talent.

Top states where IT talent lives

  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Virginia

Be proactive. Stay up-to-date on tech news and uncover which companies are laying off. There’re different resources available that you can take advantage of to stay in the know about the sector. Follow tech leaders on social media, sign up for newsletters, listen to podcasts, and even attend tech events to help you deep dive into the latest trends and challenges.

Make the most out of career fairs. Show potential candidates what your company has to offer and what makes them stand out from the competition. As stated by the Society for Human Resource Management, start the planning process for career fairs by doing research on the sponsoring organization(s), as you will want to make sure that this organization(s) will attract viable and qualified candidates for your employer. You’ll want to develop a relationship with the sponsors of the career fair, making sure that your company uses every resource made available by the sponsor, such as advertising, meet-and-greets with attendees, pre-fair invitations sent to a target audience, sponsorship of raffle giveaways, and on-site interviews. 

Another great way to bolster your talent pipeline is partnering with educational institutions. Bring on students or recent graduates for internships, entry-level, or contract positions. The interns should be treated as an employee in training. Allow them to gain exposure to leadership and hands-on experience in the field. The more memorable the experience the more connected they’ll feel to the organization. Internship programs can help add diverse talent from the rising generation to your hiring pipeline and provide the opportunity to promote and tell your firm’s story.

Attract and Retain IT Talent

Once you have sourced the candidate(s) for your upcoming project the key to retaining top talent seems to be the biggest challenge for companies. With the continuation of quiet quitting and layoffs, employees are unengaged and untrusting of the system that employs them.

Offering more than just pay will set you apart from your competitors. Mental healthcare access, meaningful work, and transparency are a few motivators candidates look for when choosing a new job. Mental healthcare access is a growing concern for working adults and a non-negotiable when it comes to healthcare benefits. Studies and recent trends show that access to mental healthcare is becoming less of a novelty and more of a necessity.

In Monster’s Future of Work Global Report, 42% of candidates stated that meaningful work was the most important factor driving their career choice. Transparency is another key factor for candidates during their search. Disclosing information on topics like culture, salary, and demographics helps candidates make an informed decision when looking for a new job.

Partner with an IT Staffing Firm

Utilizing a staffing firm can help you understand the talent landscape, providing you with detailed market and labor analysis.

Whether you are looking for a role in IT or looking to place IT candidates Nesco can help, from our vast pool of IT jobs to IT service delivery and IT staffing, we can help connect top talent with top companies.

For more information on the IT and Tech Sector, read our State of IT Staffing and Tech Trends Report for a full analysis of current labor market trends with insights on how to find IT talent.