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Three ways to attract IT Talent

Posted Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015

SG IT blog infographicCanada’s hot Information Technology (IT) market shows no sign of cooling as demand for experienced candidates grows across the country and a range of disciplines.

But when contract roles pay up to 50% more than permanent positions, employers need to get creative to attract and retain the top talent.

The rate of hiring in IT is expected to accelerate in 2015. Where 37 per cent of respondents say  permanent staffing levels increased in 2014, nearly half (47%) expect to increase permanent headcount in 2015.

So how can employers attract the best?

1. Sell the long-term opportunities
Senior management and VP roles are unlikely to be contract positions. For ambitious IT professionals a permanent position can be the right career move.

2. Compete on culture
IT professionals are more likely than other sectors to rate culture as one of the most important factors in a company. Summer hours, Friday drinks, flexible schedules and a relaxed, fun work environment can be vital for attracting candidates.

3. Go big on benefits
Contract workers can buy their own health and dental benefits so IT employers are getting creative about what they offer. Some of the bigger moves include a fund to set up their ideal desk, to “play days” where employees get a certain amount of cash to spend as they want. We’re also seeing a big jump in employers offering paid overtime in 2014, with more expecting to add it to their benefits in 2015.

For more insight into the IT labour market watch the webinar on the Hays North America YouTube channel.

Request your copy of the Hays 2015 Salary Guide.

Talk to Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on the Canadian labour market.

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