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    Retention of New Hires is Key in a Tight Labor Market

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    IT job market prospects are tied to overall US national employment


    Jiring IT ProsIT skills are very transferable.  The IT job market is tight with over 200,000 open positions due to a lack of qualified candidates.  If a qualified IT pro is not pleased with their existing position, it is not to hard to find another. It no longer is a stigma to change jobs every few years.


    The current 25 to 45 year old IT pros, for the most part, are not tied to a particular company that they plan on working for 20 years or till retirement. Many of them feel it is normal to work for a year or two for a company, get the experience and training they need, and move on to a new company - even into a new industry. Company locality is a thing of the past. That was not the case 10 to 20 years ago.


    Covid only made the problem worse because so many companies went out of business and IT departments were reduced or eliminated via outsourcing. IT pros feel that it happened once to them or their friends and will happen again. Therefore they have to look out for themselves and change jobs when it suits them.


    What companies have to do is give employees a reason to stay. The key is to have  a stable management team from CIO down to supervisor.  The focus has to be on long term team development with a compensation and fringe benefit program that rewards long-term loyalty.  

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    Top 10 CIO HR and Staffing Issues

    CIO and IT managers have staffing issues that need to be addressed

    CIO Staffing issues

    The most important aspect of any business is recruiting, selecting, and retaining top people. Research shows those organizations that spend more time recruiting high-caliber people earn 22% higher return to shareholders than their industry peers. However, most employers do a miserable job selecting people. Many companies rely on outdated and ineffective interviewing and hiring techniques. This critical responsibility sometimes gets the least emphasis.

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    February employment picture improves in 31 states

    States with the Lowest Unemployment -- Full Employment States

    State unemployment rates continue to improve. At the start of the shutdown, there were 14 states with unemployment rates of less than 3.5%. For the first time since the start of the pandemic there were 14 full employment states.

    In February the 14 states with unemployment rates 3.0% or less) were - Alabama (3.05); North Dakota (2.9%); Virginia (2.9%); Wisconsin (2.9%); Iowa (2.8%); Minnesota (2.7%); New Hampshire (2.7%); Montana (2.6%); Oklahoma (2.6%); South Dakota (2.6%); Kentucky (2.5%); Illinois (2.3%); Nebraska (2.1%); and Utah (2.1%).

    Full employment states - Februiary 2022

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    Implications of IT job market and employer/employee relationships due to pandemic

    How hard wil it be to retain and hire needed IT Pros

    Questions that many CIOs and HR executives have are what the implications to the pandemic and the current economic outlook for the IT Job Market are. Hiring will remain brisk given there is not a major downturn in the overall economic environment.

    Demand for IT Pros

    The experience of 2020 and 2021 have fundamentally employer/employee relationships. The work-life intersection has new meaning. Working from Home and remote meetings were shown to be effective but at a cost.  A recent Gallup poll found those who prefer remote work now cite reduced commute times and better work-life balance as the key component of the employer/employee relationship and job requirement.

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    2022 IT Hiring Kit Released

    Hiring is more difficult in today's IT Job Market

    The 2022 edition of all the components of the IT hiring Kit has been released. It contains:

    • Latest IT Salary Survey - The salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year via extensive Internet-based survey instruments and completed survey forms from businesses throughout the United States and Canada.
    • Salary Survey Job Descriptions The job descriptions are provided as a 206 page indexed PDF document for all of the  positions surveyed.
    • Interview and Hiring Guide Includes two electronic forms (Background Check Authorization and Interview Questionnaire) and three full HR job descriptions (Manager Human Resources, Human Resources Specialist, and Human Resources Generalist). 

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    Manager Artificial Intelligence Salary

    Salary Manager AI median $134,100

    The Manager AI helps implement infrastructure that advances the strategy for AI and ML across the enterprise. The Manager AI is a thought leader on the application of AI in the enterprise’s industry, with an initial focus on guiding engineering processes for the safe, effective, and ethical implementation of AI and ML.

    The Manager of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is one of the hardest positions to fill today. Based on our Salary Survey data the national median salary is $134,100. The overall salary range is between $96,500 to $279,000.

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    Shortage of IT Pros real

    Shortage of IT job pros limiting CIO technology implementation plans 

    According to a several reports, CTOs are seeing a talent shortage as the biggest barrier to the adoption of most new technologies. This means that in the majority of cases, IT leaders who want to deploy a new tool to boost business outcomes anticipate that the lack of suitable workers to implement the technology will be problematic at some point.

    Shortage of IT Pros - CIO issue

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    Will improving employment picture continue

    IT job market prospects are tied to overall US national employment

    In September the number of US states that are at full employment levels (3.5% or less) increased from 10 to 12.  At the same time the number of states that had high unemploment rates (over 7.0%) fell from 8 to 4.

    High unemployment states

    Full employment states

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    Hiring of IT Pros exploding

    Monthly Job Market Growth at Record Levels

    An average of 13,000 IT jobs have been added to the IT job market each month of 2021. This number could be greater, but CIOs are having difficulty finding enough candidates who are qualified for positions that they need to fill.

    Number of IT Pros hired at an all time high

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    CSO Compensation up 42% in last 5 years

    CISO - Chief Information Security Officers Salaries Now Exceed That of CIOs

    With the increased focus of Internet based solutions and the increase in the amount of sensitive data that is outwardly facing, the role of security professionals has increased in importance. Qualified Chief Security Officer (CSO or CISO) are in the highest demand and command salaries in excess of $150,000 per year. When incentives and performance bonuses are added, total compensation is well into the $225K range.

    CSO Salary and Compensation Analysis

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