Buyers market for IT talent in 2009


Buyers market for IT talent in 2009

Microscope contributor

Recruiters will face a buyers market during the next few months when it comes to scooping IT talent, according to research analysts at Gartner.

In its annual CIO resolutions report designed to give some pointers to the year ahead, Gartner fellow and vice president Mark Raskino contended that as large numbers of laid-off IT specialists re-enter the job market many talented individuals could find themselves idle for months on end as recruitment freezes stop CIOs from taking advantage of the growing pool.

Raskino said that CIOs will need to turn to personal networks in 2009, interacting only with a few senior recruitment agency partners or head-hunters to obtain candidates that they can better justify hiring to the CFO.

Resellers and service providers will also need to cope with other changes in CIO behaviour, according to Gartner, which counsel led end-users to start asking their providers for cloud computing systems, social network services, e-books, video-conferencing and apps linked to Google Chrome,among other things.

“They [CIOs] face a daunting and uncertain year ahead. Many have already been instructed to operate with lower budgets and many more expect such instructions,” Raskino said. As boards member pressure their IT departments to take swifter action to slash costs, IT dealers will also need to become more agile to better respond.

Gartner also warned that corporate hospitality would fall by the wayside and advised businesses to set a “starkly thrifty” tone in their dealings with the IT industry, declining foreign junkets and lunching vendors at cheaper chain restaurants.

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