A recent PCWorld article, “IT Contractors Help Companies Meet Changing Work Needs” discusses how corporate IT departments depend on IT contractors to help them fulfill their mission. It mentions competing IT staffing firms, which some might conclude makes it unwise to pass along, but I don’t subscribe to that kind of thinking; I look for and share knowledge wherever I find it. The article covers some great examples of the kind of situations companies find themselves using IT contractors for and the critical role that this flexible workforce plays in their success. Whether it is “having the development expertise on-demand [that] allows [a] company to complete work with less lead time,” or “turn[ing] to contractors when the IT department is expanded beyond its normal capacity or a particular skill set is required,” IT contractors are an important resource that companies can tap into. If you are a growing business with unmet IT needs, contractors may be the answer for you too.
IT unemployment trends have often bucked overall national numbers throughout the recession and recovery, and hiring forecasts for IT in 2012 suggest that competition for experienced IT professionals with in demand skills (e.g., Java, .Net, mobile and app developers, software and system engineers) will only grow fiercer. As my colleague Jeff Monaghan reported in Are You Prepared for the Coming IT Staffing Crisis?, the number of US employers reporting difficulty filling open IT positions jumped from 14% in 2010 to 52% in 2011. This trend mirrors what we are seeing at ATR and what we are hearing more and more often from our clients. It is getting tougher and tougher to find the right people and many companies find that their IT positions linger unfilled for months.
Finding the perfect IT staffing firm can be a daunting task. Where to start? Who to talk to? What is fair pricing? These are all questions that may not have simple answers.