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IT directors prioritise staff retention in 2011

Most IT directors will struggle to retain staff and attract new IT talent in the coming year as the job market improves, according to a survey of 66 UK IT directors by IT recruitment firm, ReThink Recruitment.

As the job market continues to pick up the survey reports that 85% of IT directors are concerned or very concerned about staff retention in 2011.

Michael Bennett, director of ReThink Recruitment, warned, "Outstanding candidates with the right skills are always difficult to find but in the current market employers will be fighting tooth and nail to attract the best staff."

"While we are unlikely to see a return to the aggressive bidding wars that were rife in the dotcom boom, candidates are increasingly juggling multiple job offers and getting counter-offers from existing employers," he said.

Over half (51%) of those surveyed say pay had increased for permanent staff in 2010: 80% of IT directors plan to maintain or increase staff numbers over the next year.

"There isn't a vast pool of unemployed talent for IT directors to go fishing in, as skills need to be very specific and regularly updated.

As competition to recruit the best candidates intensifies, employers will be forced to increase pay, which will add further pressure to IT budgets," added Bennett.

In a recent report by Modis International 71% of IT directors said they plan to train up existing employees rather than hire in new staff.


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