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With a Predicted 55% Increase in Some Jobs: What are the Secrets in Attracting and Keeping Technology Talent?

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The US Bureau of Labour predicts a 55% increase in demand for network systems analysts from 2004 to 2014. So how do IT managers and businesses attract and then keep IT talent? It's an important question that I was asked recently for CISCO's IQ Magazine.

Referrals are the best source for finding qualified new hires including from employees, colleagues, and IT associations such as CIPS. I am asked all the time. Perhaps a Job Board here in the Canadian IT Managers forum (CIM) would be of value?

To keep talent, I believe job security is still a key issue since IT pros still remember the uncertainty following the dot com meltdown. You can also offer profit sharing, job promotions, flex/vacation time and perks such as:

  1. The opportunity to work with advanced and interesting projects, or on high-visibility projects.
  2. On-going technology training, management training, or mentoring.
  3. Bonuses for attaining professional certifications or advanced degrees.
  4. Bonuses for completing important projects ahead of schedule or under budget and for achieving other business goals and objectives.
  5. The option to telecommute if appropriate.

I would be interested in hearing what you feel works or doesn't work. Comment here or e-mail me at sibaraki@cips.ca

Cheers,
Stephen Ibaraki

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  • Good to see you here Jason :-)

    Cheers,
    Stephen Ibaraki

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