Low unemployment amongst tech professionals has left companies scrambling to get the candidates they need. As these unfilled tech jobs sit vacant, it hurts the bottom line of businesses who have had to put projects on the backburner until the spots are filled, and negatively affects the overall economy. And it appears the problem is only going to get worse.
While IT pros have historically been in-demand, the shrinking talent pool, especially for highly-skilled workers, isn’t going to resolve itself anytime soon. In fact, a G2 Crowd report shows that 81 percent of hiring managers expect the situation to intensify.
So, what should a company do when they can’t find the employees they need? They should look for other options. And what could those options be? You can either try to create the kinds of employees you need or look for service providers to fill the gap.
Invest in Training
In some cases, the issue isn’t the lack of employees; it’s the lack of specific skills. When that occurs, businesses do have an option for filling those gaps with internal employees by providing opportunities to train up into the positions.
While this route requires a significant investment of time, energy, and funds, it can be highly effective when used properly. Often, companies have some top performers in their ranks that would appreciate the opportunity to expand their skill set and have the capacity to put new skills to work quickly. If you have a few tech pros, who work in similar positions to those that have remained vacant, then investigating the training options can be an effective approach.
Additionally, offering employees the chance to develop professionally can benefit retention efforts as well. If your organization has the ability to invest in your workers through skills development and training, then it is a road worth exploring.
The number of service providers has increased significantly over the past few years. Options in areas like cloud services can lessen the burden on internal IT resources by eliminating certain tasks. Cloud providers can lessen the number of in-house servers that must be maintained, allowing your technical staff to focus on other priorities. And, when you add in the ability to assist in areas like disaster recovery, security, and virtual desktop development, you can redirect your IT efforts in different directions.
Sometimes, just lowering the burden on your current employees is enough to get other goals met and have previously shelved activities get the attention they need. It can also give you the space you need to train your technical staff into the areas where skill gaps exist. Instead of focusing on maintenance, your employees can work on growing your business and creating the custom products or solutions you need to succeed.
While both of these options might not eliminate the need to look for qualified candidates to fill vacancies, it can position you to manage the current landscape more efficiently until those individuals are located, or current employees are trained. Then, your business can continue to move forward even when hiring is stagnant, which may give you an advantage over your competition.