Report: Attracting qualified applicants considered a top barrier to securing tech talent

A recent survey by IT firm Robert Half Technology finds that the most common challenge to hiring strong tech talent is not being able to meet salary demands.

Robert Half Technology conducted a survey of over 270 chief information officers (CIOs) in Canada to examine the challenges tech companies currently face when hiring. Robert Half Technology also surveyed over 400 Canadian workers currently employed in a professional environment.

The survey found that 30 percent of Canadian CIOs believe the inability to meet salary demands is the most common challenge to securing strong candidates. The survey also indicated that 26 percent of Canadian CIOs believe the second most common barrier to hiring strong candidates is not finding enough qualified applicants. Twenty-two percent of CIOs said not being seen as a potential employer is also a barrier.

“First impressions go both ways in the hiring process, and it’s important that companies establish a positive relationship with technology candidates early on.”

According to Robert Half Technology’s survey, a lengthy hiring process can also make it harder for companies to attract and hire good talent. The survey revealed that it takes an average of 4.9 weeks to fill a staff-level IT role, and 23 percent of technology workers surveyed said their hiring process takes longer than they would like.

This aligns with research Robert Half Technology conducted last year, which found that 64 percent of workers said the most frustrating part of the job search process is the lengthy wait time post-interview to hear if they got the job.

“First impressions go both ways in the hiring process, and it’s important that companies establish a positive relationship with technology candidates early on,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of Robert Half Technology. “The more drawn-out or complicated the hiring process, the likelier it is that job seekers will lose patience with the company, and interest in the position. Developing a decisive recruitment strategy that includes a well-rounded, competitive compensation package will keep talented candidates engaged, and prevent them from seeking opportunities elsewhere.”

For companies struggling to hire strong tech talent, Robert Half Technology suggested that being prepared, working with a recruiter, moving quickly, communicating openly and often during interview processes, and making a fair offer can help companies hire workers more efficiently.

“Be transparent throughout different phases of the interview process. Clearly describe the role, responsibilities and compensation package, and always update your top candidates on their status and the next steps,” the company wrote in a statement. “Make an offer. When your team decides to extend an offer, make sure the compensation is fair and competitive. Have internal discussions with human resources to know your limitations in case of salary negotiations.”

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.