IT Talent Gap Persists



    Finding Skilled Technology Professionals Equally or More Challenging
    Compared to 12 Months Ago, Survey Shows

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Even in the current economy, "It's hard to find
good help" is an adage to which many information technology (IT) managers can
relate. In a new survey, 69 per cent of Canadian chief information officers
(CIOs) polled said it is equally or more challenging to find skilled
candidates for IT jobs than it was last year. A majority of respondents
(59 per cent) attributed their recruiting difficulties to a shortage of
qualified workers.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of
information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and
conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on telephone interviews
with more than 270 CIOs across Canada.

    CIOs were asked, "Is it more or less challenging to find qualified
candidates for IT jobs within your firm now compared to 12 months ago?"

    
    Much more challenging..............................................   16%
    Somewhat more challenging..........................................   13%
    Just as challenging................................................   40%
    Somewhat less challenging..........................................   11%
    Much less challenging..............................................    4%
    Don't know/no answer...............................................   15%
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    Those who said it was more challenging to find qualified IT workers also
were asked, "What is the primary cause behind the challenge in finding workers
for IT jobs within your company?"

    A shortage of qualified IT workers.................................   59%
    The inability to offer competitive compensation....................   19%
    The inability to offer career advancement opportunities............    6%
    Other..............................................................    2%
    Don't know/no answer...............................................   14%
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    "Despite a more competitive job market, there are still talent shortages
in certain IT specialties, such as applications development, web development
and network administration," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of
Robert Half Technology. "Employers are struggling to find the most qualified
candidates and some are more willing to negotiate higher compensation to get
them on board."
    Lee noted that recruiters can be a valuable resource for employers
seeking the most skilled professionals. "By working with a specialized
staffing firm, companies gain immediate access to an extensive network of
potential candidates and benefit from a streamlined recruiting process, which
ultimately saves them time and ensures projects stay on track," she said.

    About the Survey
    ----------------
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of
information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and
conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on more than
270 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of Canadian companies
with 100 or more employees. In order for the survey to be statistically
representative and ensure that companies from all segments were represented,
the sample was stratified by industry and number of employees. The results
were then weighted to reflect the proper proportions of the number of
employees within each industry.

    About Robert Half Technology
    ----------------------------
    With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a
leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web
development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and
technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at
www.rht.com.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Toronto,
Ottawa, Calgary or Vancouver, please contact Jim Dimovski at 416-350-8143,
extension 62024.





For further information:

For further information: Jim Dimovski, Robert Half Technology, (416)
350-8141, jim.dimovski@rhi.com


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