Recruiters will face a buyers market during the next fewmonths when it comes to scooping IT talent, according to research analysts atGartner.
In its annual CIO resolutions report designed to give somepointers to the year ahead, Gartner fellow and vice president Mark Raskinocontended that as large numbers of laid-off IT specialists re-enter the jobmarket many talented individuals could find themselves idle for months on endas recruitment freezes stop CIOs from taking advantage of the growing pool.
Raskino said that CIOs will need to turn to personalnetworks in 2009, interacting only with a few senior recruitment agencypartners or head-hunters to obtain candidates that they can better justifyhiring to the CFO.
Resellers and service providers will also need to cope withother changes in CIO behaviour, according to Gartner, which counselledend-users to start asking their providers for cloud computing systems, socialnetwork services, e-books, video-conferencing and apps linked to Google Chrome,among other things.
“They [CIOs] face a daunting and uncertain year ahead. Manyhave already been instructed to operate with lower budgets and many more expectsuch instructions,” Raskino said. As boards member pressure their ITdepartments to take swifter action to slash costs, IT dealers will also need tobecome more agile to better respond.
Gartner also warned that corporate hospitality would fall bythe wayside and advised businesses to set a “starkly thrifty” tone in theirdealings with the IT industry, declining foreign junkets and lunching vendorsat cheaper chain restaurants.