There has been a lot written over the last several years about the decline in IT jobs domestically. However, a report issued by Veritude, a staffing services provider, reveals that IT workers with specific skills are in high demand, and there is a very limited talent pool. The report confirms that even during this challenging economy employers recognize the need for IT employees with strategic and cultural fits. With the unemployment rate among college graduates in the U.S. at 2 percent, it has become harder to find and keep coveted talent in professional positions.


Among the human resources and IT professionals surveyed, more than half (53 percent) expect to increase the number of IT staffers, while 43 percent anticipate their IT staffing will hold steady. In addition, very few respondents – only 4 percent – expect their IT staffing requirements to decrease. The research also reveals that among the expected new hires, 77 percent are “permanent” positions, indicating future stable, long-term growth of IT departments.


Veritude’s research findings show that 73 percent of companies say that candidates for IT jobs with higher-level business intelligence (BI) and enterprise solutions support are the most difficult to find. In addition, respondents indicated that the two top IT hiring challenges they face are finding qualified candidates (53 percent) and finding specific skills (40 percent).


Forty percent of respondents who expect to increase their IT ranks also say they will work with an outside staffing provider to meet their needs.


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