IT Hiring Q2 2021

Tech leaders have had to oversee major changes in how teams are managed over the past year, as organizations went remote due to COVID-19 pandemic protocols. Now that teams have adjusted to remote communication and collaboration tools, there are new opportunities for hiring remote positions. However, an uncertain economic situation and staggered vaccine rollouts could still be impacting budgets and planning. What’s the state of hiring for IT teams in Q2 2021?

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IT Hiring Q2 2021

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Data collected from March 5 - April 8, 2021

Respondents: 221 tech leaders

Hiring on the rise for IT teams, though hiring budgets remain frozen or stagnant for many

Currently, one-third (30%) of decision-makers are experiencing a budget freeze within their organization.

But almost two-thirds (65%) of respondents expect their organizations will start hiring again within the next 12 months.

Compared to last year, hiring budgets have either decreased or remained unchanged for 60% of tech leaders.

Despite these budget restrictions, the majority (85%) of organizations have been actively recruiting new employees in Q2 2021.

App development roles being targeted, with technical skills the most sought after skill

Most IT departments are hiring for roles in application development (50%), followed by support (43%), and security (42%).

4-6 candidates are interviewed for each new role, according to more than half (54%) of tech leaders.

Tech leaders are prioritizing candidates with specific technical abilities (71%) and effective communication (57%).

Diversity and emotional intelligence are valued amongst tech leaders and their organizations 

Over a third (35%) of tech leaders report that diversity is a high priority when hiring in their organization.

39% of IT leaders include an Emotional Intelligence (EI) / Emotional Quotient (EQ) as part of the hiring process. And of those who do not measure EI or EQ when hiring, 66% think that they should.

Targeting top talent with remote incentives (though wages could be adjusted)

91% of tech leaders agree that remote roles are an incentive to hire top talent.

But remote talent should note that over a third (36%) of leaders say their organization has either adjusted or is planning to adjust salaries based on the geographic cost of living for existing employees that switch to remote work . 

Many turn to interns, but there’s no guarantee of becoming a full-time employee

Almost three-quarters (73%) of decision-makers hire interns.

However, most (38%) report that only 11-25% of interns turn into full-time employees.

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