IT job trends are changing

July 25, 2014

Technology continues to experience rapid growth across all sectors and one would think IT jobs are everywhere for the taking. A recent online Dice article said that the positions may be there, but IT candidates face several obstacles.

Relocation abdication
Many IT professionals are actively seeking new positions, said the Dice story, but upwards of 25 percent are unable to relocate because of housing issues. These are candidates who are hung-up by mortgage snafus from the housing bubble, and they just can't get their current property to sell. Jason Warner is a recruiter in Seattle, and he explained how this is prohibiting some top IT professionals from either moving to take a new post or relocating to an actively hiring market.

"If people can't sell their homes, then those people are no longer viable candidates," said Warner.

Local candidates for local companies
Attracting talent from far away has been placed on the back-burner, added Warner, for the reasons stated above and the fact that more companies are targeting their local talent pools.

"Companies could pay more for local candidates in terms of salary and sign on bonuses and still come out ahead compared to what it would cost to get someone to move," added Warner.

Networking is also more direct on the local level with candidates knowing company employees and getting a better feel for the organization than someone from miles away could.

Now, with cloud computing becoming a major player in IT strategy and operation job candidates are not going through normal hiring channels anymore. Companies have to be prepared to field inquiries from potential employees in areas where they never had to before, said the article.

While there is a strong projected growth rate for IT professional jobs and companies are looking on a more local level to discover top talent, a Business News Daily story detailed how industry job seekers need to keep their skills up-to-date. That, according to an industry report quoted by the News Daily, is the best way for people new to the industry to net their first job. For journeymen and veteran employees, brushing up on skills is never a bad thing and could lead to that next promotion or salary increase. Many companies, according to the story, offer compensation to those who paid for their field-related education, which is offered as an incentive to both join the industry and learn operational, design and security strategies. Good IT companies want great IT staff. Turning to local talent cuts down on commuting time and helps lower the overall cost of company hiring in difficult economic times.