The National Association for State CIO's new report on the status of state IT workforces has just been released. Timed like the Olympics, every four years NASCIO reports out on the challenges facing state CIOs in hiring and retention. And as with the Olympics, those four years bring a host of new challenges, but also some familiar ones.
As always, state governments are dealing with a labor shortage. Whether you are in government or the private sector, however, many of their challenges will be familiar. There is a lot to learn from the study.
Small salaries compared to the private sector, tight budgets, compliance with state hiring regulations, and a lack of qualified talent are among the challenges facing state CIOs today. The study ends with a broad call to action for state CIOs to refocus their efforts around recruitment and retention and to become more innovative in the effort to find top talent.
However, there are some states that are starting to create new incentives to attract high-caliber IT talent. The private sector should take note.
A lot of the initiatives reflect advice we've been giving at InformationWeek.
The NASCIO study features responses from the IT departments in 49 states and territories across the US. This represents one of the widest geographical studies you'll find on hiring of IT talent in the country. A quick eyeball look at the participants reveals that Arkansas and Vermont were the only two holdouts. But it is safe to assume they didn't skip the survey because they are the only two states with no problems with labor.
Check out the trends in the report. See if they resonate with your challenges. And tell us in the comments how you are responding to the talent shortage in your organization.