2014 IT Skills Crunch Survey

Nov 11, 2014


Is There An IT Talent Shortage?

IT talent shortage or onerous hiring process? Your view may depend on whether you're a hiring manager or a job seeker. For the 278 business technology professionals surveyed for our 2014 InformationWeek IT Skills Crunch Survey, the talent crunch definitely exists: 

>> 73% of respondents at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees and 88% at larger companies say they see an IT talent shortage.

>> Just 19% of respondents at small companies and 15% at large companies say they're confident they can retain IT staff.

>> 36% of respondents at small companies and 45% at large companies say HR's lack of understanding of the tech talent market is an impediment to hiring.

In this report we discuss key trends, including:

>> ­A strong focus on specialized skill sets at the expense of more generalized tech ­experience

>> A lack of flexibility in the hiring process

>> Creative ways companies are marketing themselves to attract top talent

We also offer nine job hunting tips from recruiters and top CIOs for those just starting out in the IT field.

Respondent breakdown: Thirty-eight percent have 5,000 or more employees; 30% are over 10,000. Financial services firms and government are well represented, and 63% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R8131114)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 IT Skills Crunch Survey

Survey Date August 2014

Region North America

Number of Respondents 278

Purpose To gauge the state of IT staffing in the enterprise and determine hiring, training, and retention practices

Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American organizations. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were ­recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.


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