DiceTV Update: CIOs Say It’s Hard to Find Good Help Nowadays

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.

DiceTV Update: CIOs Say It's Hard to Find Good Help Nowadays

Comments

  1. BY jojo says:

    You said it…. I have skills, easily transferable to any other language or platform. But nobody wants to hire and train, they want you to walk in and “perform” the first day and already know everything.

  2. BY jojo says:

    You said it…. I have skills, easily transferable to any other language or platform. But nobody wants to hire and train, they want you to walk in and “perform” the first day and already know everything.

  3. BY Walter says:

    With all the unemployed people hovering at near 10% officially more unofficially you mean to tell me CEO cannot find qualified help. That is BS. The real issue it they do not want to pay qualified people what they are worth. So they make excuses to be able to hire H1Bs and L1As. They can pay them less and goat them in to working longer hours for free with threat of losing their work status.

    Another part is that most CEOs expect a tech to be master in many areas not only in providing main fame support but also networking, virtual , remote, minis such as sun workstations, PCs both ¿ Microsoft and Mac based, updating , database use SQL, inventory control, and support desk. Plus do this on a 24×7 365 days a year. It¿s a lot to ask and individuals become burned out. Families and home life need to be a consideration.

    As for federal agencies right after 9-11 I applied to a government agency which monitors all telephone calls via computes picking up on key phases. At the time I was told while my skills were excellent but that branch of government required one to be under 45 years old.

  4. BY Walter says:

    With all the unemployed people hovering at near 10% officially more unofficially you mean to tell me CEO cannot find qualified help. That is BS. The real issue it they do not want to pay qualified people what they are worth. So they make excuses to be able to hire H1Bs and L1As. They can pay them less and goat them in to working longer hours for free with threat of losing their work status.

    Another part is that most CEOs expect a tech to be master in many areas not only in providing main fame support but also networking, virtual , remote, minis such as sun workstations, PCs both ¿ Microsoft and Mac based, updating , database use SQL, inventory control, and support desk. Plus do this on a 24×7 365 days a year. It¿s a lot to ask and individuals become burned out. Families and home life need to be a consideration.

    As for federal agencies right after 9-11 I applied to a government agency which monitors all telephone calls via computes picking up on key phases. At the time I was told while my skills were excellent but that branch of government required one to be under 45 years old.

  5. BY Fred. says:

    Walter is 100% correct.

    MS is now paying for their employees to become citizens so they can get the next batch of H1/L1 visa holders in!

    The DOL is supposed to protect US citizens but is doing NOTHING!

    GREED, all while real earnings drop every year for US IT folks!

  6. BY Fred. says:

    Walter is 100% correct.

    MS is now paying for their employees to become citizens so they can get the next batch of H1/L1 visa holders in!

    The DOL is supposed to protect US citizens but is doing NOTHING!

    GREED, all while real earnings drop every year for US IT folks!

  7. BY Steve says:

    Maybe the cash rich companies that laid off all their good people over the past 2 years should consider spending a few dollars and help bridge the training gap of those they say aren’t qualified. Of course they are only looking after their metrics and how cheap they can so they get their bonus.

  8. BY Steve says:

    Maybe the cash rich companies that laid off all their good people over the past 2 years should consider spending a few dollars and help bridge the training gap of those they say aren’t qualified. Of course they are only looking after their metrics and how cheap they can so they get their bonus.

  9. BY JR says:

    I totally agree with the other posters. The government should stop listening to the companies that are telling them that no Americans can do this or that job so they can bring in H1Bs at a lower salary and no benefits. This keeps Americans out of work. The other thing is the companies themselves; I don’t think many of them really want to hire as they want some “perfect” employee that doesn’t exist as it is really 3 employees in 1 person. I can’t until the economy comes back so we can give it back to them the way they are giving it to us.

  10. BY JR says:

    I totally agree with the other posters. The government should stop listening to the companies that are telling them that no Americans can do this or that job so they can bring in H1Bs at a lower salary and no benefits. This keeps Americans out of work. The other thing is the companies themselves; I don’t think many of them really want to hire as they want some “perfect” employee that doesn’t exist as it is really 3 employees in 1 person. I can’t until the economy comes back so we can give it back to them the way they are giving it to us.

  11. BY Tony says:

    Lie and always Lie forever…

  12. BY Tony says:

    Lie and always Lie forever…

  13. BY Tony danza says:

    Lie and always lie forever….They always hire cheap and illegal person..

  14. BY Tony danza says:

    Lie and always lie forever….They always hire cheap and illegal person..

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