More companies across a growing number of industries are in need of technical talent to compete in today’s economy, and the battle for such talent is actually getting worse, according to a new report from online job site Indeed.
Nearly 90% of the 1,000 U.S.-based human resources managers and recruiters surveyed in October and November 2016 by the site said they find it challenging to find and hire technical talent. Three quarters of the respondents think the length of time for filling roles has increased in the past three years.
“The tech talent war is not going away and that is going to continue to stymie innovation,” said Raj Mukherjee, senior vice president of product at Indeed. “Hiring the right people is one of the most strategic things a business can do to grow. Good talent is rare and finding the right people is very difficult.”
A large majority of respondents (91%) said that there organization would be more innovative if it were able to hire enough technical talent to fill needs; and more than half (53%) have hired technology employees who did not meet the job description requirements.
Nearly three in five employers (58%) said soft skills are most important when evaluating technical talent.
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