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10 Hiring Challenges Confronting CIOs

CIOs are seeing the highest level of skills shortage since the Great Recession of 2008-09 and other hiring issues, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. Find out where these challenges exist and to what extent.
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Around the globe, CIOs report facing the highest level of skills shortage since the Great Recession that began in 2008. Large enterprises are struggling to hire data analytics savants, project managers, and enterprise architecture experts. Small companies are in dire need of workers in big data analytics and development.

But that is only part of the hiring issues that CIOs are facing, according to the recently released 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. The survey of 3,352 CIOs and technology leaders across 82 countries was conducted from Dec. 12, 2015 to April 10, 2016.

[See 10 Strange Job Interview Questions Big Tech Companies Ask.]

The survey delved into the skills shortage, as well as the regions that are impacted the greatest by it. Additional results from the survey examined whether CIOs believe they are able to grow their IT teams during this shortage, the degree that IT organizations are seeking to diversify their workforce, and the type of employment they are offering, such as full-time permanent, or full-time contract work.

CIOs are having to deal with these hiring issues at a time when their own role as a top technology executive is fundamentally changing to expand beyond the role of technology strategist to ones of revenue generator and business leader.

Despite these challenges, CIOs must find skilled IT workers in a difficult climate. Is your CIO encountering the same difficulties as the 10 hiring issues cited here?

Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio

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vnewman2
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8/3/2016 | 3:04:05 PM
Re: Self-inflicted
@TerryB - I just find it odd that with the state of technology as it stands today, that this isn't a given and our industry still seems to concentrate on what you've done or what you know currently when making hiring decisions - which a good portion of that will be obsolete in a new york minute. 

Perhaps having a section on a resume that lists a "wish list" of skills the person is interested in cultivating may be a nice addition to the CV.  Or maybe even a section that lists "skills I learned on the fly."  I don't know - I'm pulling at straws here but there has to be way to convey it on paper to folks who don't know you.
TerryB
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TerryB,
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8/3/2016 | 12:47:15 PM
Re: Self-inflicted
My boss at my first job of 15 years once told me my best skill was the speed I could learn and productively use new technologies. But I don't know how you'd ever put something like that on a resume (without sounding like pompous bragger) or have that come across in an interview. 

I guess fact I started in mainframe era when Microsoft and WWW didn't exist and am still going now might be some clue. But most times that is interpreted just the opposite, you are a dinosaur from a long lost time. 
WR790
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WR790,
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8/2/2016 | 2:44:50 PM
Cheap Pay; Out of Control Expectations
Many employers want an M.S., 20 yrs experience and 25 yrs old or under.  They don't exist.  This is HR Fantasy World.  HR is on Managements Side.  Would you want HR to manage your Oracle or DB2 management system??  No dam way.  HR is on the management team - not the employees team at all.  and that is the major problem.  HR has to change or they will be out the door dam soon. 

 

And, salaries?  You can't expect to pay an Oracle DBA in Dallas, TX $65,000 yr. with NO Benefits and get someone worth a dam.  They looking for 1) H1B who speaks no English or 2) Someone with a pulse and blood presssure and wonder why nothing is done even close to correct.

They are looking for cheap and they will get Stupid.

And your wonder why our companies are choking in the U.S.?

 

 

 

 
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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8/2/2016 | 2:30:31 PM
Re: Self-inflicted
"So hire normal people and train them as needed."

You would think this is common sense, but it is not - aptitude and attitude are just as, if not more, important than a person's current skill set.  CIOs need to seek out staff that have the ability (and desire) to learn and are resourceful - that isn't something that is glaringly apparent on someone's resume or stands out in an interview.  So you have to look at your current staff and assess that.  Tons of people are "highly trainable" - I might put that on my next resume.
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:03:33 AM
Retaining staff
Well this should be practiced in any organization despite of the industry. However it is always better to retain the experienced staff.
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:02:56 AM
Re: Challenge is real
In terms of project management and BA I think it has gone to the world of Agile now. Therefore the requirement for project managers has been reduced. Would you like to add anything here?
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:02:04 AM
Re: Technology skills shortage
In today's world most of the companies focus on more digitalized work. Therefore they focus more on people with digital technical skills 
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:01:19 AM
Re: Technology skills shortage
I agree with the survey results for Asia Pacific region. I think the main issue here is more skilled workers focus more on jobs based on more develop countries.
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 8:00:24 AM
Technology skills shortage
In my view this depends on the job market. As an example it is really difficult to map the right skillset for Linux network engineers. On the other hand there are plenty of developers in terms any language.  What do you think? 
moarsauce123
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7/31/2016 | 7:38:11 AM
Self-inflicted
Many of the companies are located in a 100 mile radius near Silicon Valley. Of course there will be a talent shortage and difficulty hiring when every Dick and Jane start or move their business in that area. Move away from those areas to places that have several top notch tech colleges and much lower wages.

Also, dear CIO's, the 20 year old with two Master's and ten years experience working abroad does not exist. So hire normal people and train them as needed. Instead companies lay off by the thousands, ask the government for tax breaks, and whine around in tech publications that grade A students do not walk into their offices asking to work for 8 bucks an hour, no benefits needed.

I'm in the industry for over 15 years and with much acclaim, yet I see nobody offering me anything nor any generally available openings. Once in a while I get in contact with a company and they do a phone interview first, then a second phone interview, then an in person interview with HR, then an in person interview with management, then another one with the hiring manager, and then another one with peers. That process takes two months or more and I typically bow out before that. I have better things to do than waste my time on interviewing for no real value to the company or me. There should not be more than three rounds of interviews and please schedule them to be on the same day or at least close together. If someone is looking, they are looking for other opportunities as well and they will pick the first good offer and not wait around until you made up your mind.
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