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5 Trends to Watch in IT Staffing

I just returned from the annual Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum held in Las Vegas this year. Two of my key staff managers attended with me, and we divided and conquered the many sessions to maximize our experience at the conference.

The conference hosts the top industry leaders and innovators and focuses on strategic issues, trends, opportunities and current challenges.

After more than 15 years in the recruiting business, I’m still amazed by how quickly things change. It’s more critical that ever for IT executives to stay on top of hiring trends. At the same time, I know it can be difficult to get away from the office to attend conferences like SIA, so I thought I’d share what I learned with you.

A highlight of the conference was the SIA Industry Forecast for IT staffing. The global economy is driving changes in the way we fill essential IT jobs, creating major shifts in IT staffing. Five trends to watch include:

1. Staffing is going global. In addition to offshoring, new candidates for domestic positions will come from afar, including places like Scandinavia, Poland, China, Australia, India, and Brazil.

Identifying and managing talent among these diverse groups will require agile organizations that can effectively integrate employees from varied backgrounds into high performing teams.

2. Volatility Continues. An SIA survey showed that 80% of CEO’s are concerned with a volatile market, and this uncertainty will have an impact on hiring. Contingent staffing will continue to grow thru 2013 as executives maintain reluctance to make permanent hires.

3. IT Staffing will Grow. Fully half of the CEOs survey said their IT staff will expand, and forecasts are solid for growth in IT staffing in next three years, with estimates of 15% in 2011, 14% in 2012 and 12% growth in 2013.

4. The Third Wave is Here. A new age of IT recruiting has dawned as technologies like social media, video, ATS (applicant tracking systems) have emerged. Trends like social recruiting, video interviewing and applicant management change the way employers and recruiters interface with candidates, making the process more complex and transparent at the same time.

5. RPO Emerges. IT executives and hiring managers – especially those in small to mid-sized businesses – will increasingly depend on staffing firms for assistance with recruiting hard-to-find talent. As contract staffing expands and recruiting technologies evolve, organizations will turn to recruitment process outsourcing (RPO).

Firms with expertise in addressing hiring challenges and solving skills shortages will become indispensible allies for employers competing for top IT candidates.

We’ll write more about staffing trends in future blog posts with in-depth discussions on how to make changes in IT hiring work to your advantage. Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think about these trends, and how they will impact your business.

The Staffing Industry Executive Forum is the most prominent annual meeting for CEOs, owners, and senior level executives from all sectors and segments of the staffing industry. Typically comprised of over 55% CEOs/owners and 90% VPs and above, the Executive Forum provides access to the top industry thinkers, leaders, and innovators and an unparalleled opportunity for informal, peer networking as well as more formal meetings.

Image by Shashi Bellamkonda via Flickr.

About the Author

Tricia Dempsey, is founder and CEO of Agile Resources, Inc. Since starting Agile in 2003, Tricia has built a reputation as a respected industry leader with a commitment to excellence and community service. Agile has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list for three years running (2009-2011). Tricia has been recognized in the Atlanta business community with honors including:

  • 2007 GWEN Award for driving business results and community change
  • Turknett Leadership Nominee in 2009 and 2011
  • 2009 Enterprise Woman of the Year Finalist
  • 2007 Atlanta Business Chronicle “Top 40 Under 40″ Award

Follow Tricia on Twitter @GoToAgile.

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