Recruiting in 2017: How the IT Workforce and Workplace are Changing

Recruiting in 2017: How the IT Workforce and Workplace are Changing
From Recruiter - March 16, 2017

Theres no question the IT workforce is poised for some serious changes over the next year. Employers will seek out game-changing skills and expertise, and many organizations will adapt to shifting needs with new hiring strategies. Diversity in the workplace will remain front and center as job applicants come from all over the world, many with the IT expertise critical tomoving innovation forward. If one thing is certain when it comes to both skills and workplace dynamic, the power is with the people. As recruiters, we have the ability to select from the best and brightest.

The 2016 Workforce: More Diverse and More Flexible

The tech industry is focused on encouraging more women and people of different ethnicities to join the workforce. Expect the definition of diversity to expand to include age and experience. As youre recruiting for your organization or a customer this year, keep in mind that companies are still looking for wide ranges of expertise and skill sets. Dont overlook the advantages of having more seasoned employees work alongside those who are just entering the workforce. The tech industry has a tendency to hire workers fresh out of college, but hiring those of all ages will ensure that both new ideas and well-tested tactics and tools dont get lost.

Still, there are many benefits to hiring and working with candidates right out of some of the most prestigious technology learning institutes. Weve seen new trends with the addition of Generation Zto the workforce, and they are bringing a dramatic new energy to the workplace environment. Expect Generation Z workers to fill the tech job pipeline, as trends show theyre attracted to lucrative roles in STEM-related fields. The days of instant message and video conference might not be enough to excite them, though. Their craving for social media engagement compelsthem to use personal technology in professional settings, and theyll be attracted to employers that incorporate wearables and virtual reality into the workplace.

Cant hire full-time employees? Due to the agile, project-oriented nature of technology work and the sustained technical talent shortage, employers demands for freelance andtemporary workers will continue to increase rapidly. Keep a steady bank of agile employees (contractor, consultant, temporary, or freelance positions) on hand. This will enable access to specialized talent and skill sets that fit your companys precise needs and yield greater flexibility, economy, and efficiency from workforce investments. Research shows this employee segment could comprise as much as 50 percent of the workforce by 2019.

The In-Demand Skills of 2017

Whether your applicants are new or seasoned, full-time or contract workers, there are a few technical skills that will put some candidates above the rest:

First, we are seeing the line between cybersecurity practitioners and IT specialists begin to blur. In the near future, most IT staff will be required to have at least some expertise in cybersecurity. Experts now realize this is the only way to ensure that security is baked intonetworks and systems, rather than bolted on after the fact.


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