CIOs at leading technology companies are looking to increase hiring of IT professionals in the fourth quarter. But they say there’s not enough good candidates out there.
CIOs at technology companies are looking to increase hiring in the fourth quarter. But they’re having troubling finding qualified candidates. Robert Half found that 84 percent were optimistic about their company’s ability to expand. But they’ll hire at only about half the pace of other industries. Why? The lagging economy – and their inability to find qualified people. Fifty one percent say a lack of tech talent has prevented them from filling open positions, up 7 percent from last quarter. The top positions in demand: network administrators, developers; and help desk and desktop support.
Federal agencies just can’t find enough cybersecurity experts. The Department of Homeland Security and the Air Force have begun to speed up the hiring of nearly 1,700 cybersecurity pros. But experts say that’s doesn’t solve the problem. The government needs new training programs and better ways of attracting and retaining professionals who’ve got the goods. As a start, the office of personnel management is working to address a fundamental problem: describing what cybersecurity specialists actually do in the first place.
The average tech who works on an IBM mainframe is between 55 and 60. But 10,000 mainframes are being used in as many as 5,000 companies. We’ve talked about this before, but I just found this: IBM is offering a discounted training program ($350) which is a great deal. That gets you three months of unlimited access to 55 System Z courses. Even if you don’t support one of these systems, the training can create a nice bullet on your resume. If you’re in your mid-20s and meet a hiring manager who started out with mainframes, you can swap command line stories. That could give you a better shot than applicants who only know their way around a mouse.