Employers face high recruitment costs as IT staff jump ship


Employers face high recruitment costs as IT staff jump ship

Jenny Williams

Employers could face costs of up to £60,000 to replace IT staff who leave for new jobs elsewhere, according to a recruitment expert.

The latest Hays IT Careers Survey 2011, which polled 300 employees, found that 84% of professionals feel they have the skills to progress their careers but over half (56%) feel there are limited opportunities for progression within their current role.

In addition, 39% of employees say they never receive a pay review, and even fewer get a performance review (34%).

According to Andy Bristow, London manager of recruitment firm Hays' IT division, a lack of career prospects and goals is driving staff to look for new jobs in 2011 and racking up recruitment costs for employers.

"You're looking at fees of £25,000 to replace someone. Employer recruitment costs to replace a mid-level position are around £8,000 to £10,000 or around the 20% mark of the job salary," he said.

"But that's not half of it. Recruitment doesn't take place at the point of notice. There is loss to business when an employee leaves as well as an element of risk in hiring new employees."

Bristow believes the cost could rise to £60,000 to replace business development roles and employees with skills specific to their employers' environment.

Staff retention has been outlined as a key priority for IT directors in 2011. A recent survey by ReThink Recruitment found most IT directors will struggle to retain staff and attract new IT talent in the coming year.

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