Industry job opportunities far outweigh number of qualified candidates
Midlands Business Journal October 17, 2014
Information technology professionals are in consensus. Finding good IT talent is challenging and the need is tremendous. Good, talented IT professionals are hard to find, and companies need to realize that candidates with high skills will get multiple job offers, said Linda Aughenbaugh, recruiting manager for the systems division of Aureus Group. The IT profession is a candidate driven market and has been for a long time, Aughenbaugh said. The most growth and in-demand skills are Java and .Net developers, business intelligence, mobile developers, cloud technology and IT security. Moving quick in the hiring process will increase a company’s chances of securing talent. The area’s conservative nature is a weakness, Aughenbaugh said. More progressive companies recognize that a large percentage of IT work can be accomplished from anywhere, and many more people in Omaha and Lincoln telecommute for companies out of state because they can work at home, Aughenbaugh said. “Now that the market is tight again and will remain so, companies need to be more adaptable and flexible to attract the best talent,” she said.