The IT staffing landscape has evolved quickly, and the competition for quality professionals is intense. With so many opportunities available, organizations that already have impactful talent need to start focusing on retention to make sure they are able to offer the most attractive work environment.
As part of Computerworld's 2014 IT Salary Survey, tech workers were asked about the features that they look for when it comes to picking an employer.
Pay remains the biggest deciding factor and was cited by 49 percent of respondents as being in their top five when it comes job concerns. However, in 2012, pay was cited by 73 percent as a top five concern. This points to the rise of other factors. These include things like job stability (45 percent), benefits (36 percent), job challenge/responsibility (34 percent), vacation/paid time off (32 percent) and flexible work schedule/telecommuting (30 percent).
Shravan Goli, the president of IT staffing firm Dice, spoke in the report about the importance of intangible rewards.
"In our recovering economy, IT workers are growing more confident. The job market is good, with a lot more jobs out there. Folks are less worried about retention," Goli said. "Good pay is still necessary for retaining workers, but it's no longer sufficient. These days, employees are putting a greater emphasis on career ambition and personal growth."
While a company like VAR Staffing helps any organization find and identify the impactful talent that IT departments crave, companies need to be aware of what these employees want if they have any hope of retaining them.