Hiring intentions remain positive, with 71% of employers intending to recruit for an IT role in the next six months, a slight increase on the same number from September.
Companies have also reported an increase in the number of roles which have been a struggle to fill, with more employers than six months ago reporting that one or more IT vacancies have not been filled. Along with the normal challenges of finding the right skills blend, this also highlights the increased focus on cultural fit amongst employers.
Though previous surveys have
shown cultural fit as very important, this is the first time that 100% of employers have assigned the highest level of importance to hiring a candidate that fits their company culture. This shows that employer priorities are fairly in tune with those of their employees, as they both place a strong level of importance on the “softer” aspects of work.
Replacement of staff has pulled ahead as the top reason for hiring IT staff, increasing by 25% on September’s results. Though this significant increase is likely down to employees getting itchy feet over the New Year period, it reflects a long-term trend, with this metric having slowly increased over the past two years.
When hiring, employers continue to use a mixture of recruiting tools, including recruitment agencies, external advertising, professional networks and internal promotion. Most employers see salary as a fairly important factor in the hiring process, and all employers stated that permanent employees made up the majority of their placements as opposed to contractors.