IT directors shun public sector staff in private sector recruitment, says report


IT directors shun public sector staff in private sector recruitment, says report

Jenny Williams

IT directors are reluctant to hire IT staff from the public sector for private sector roles, a report shows.

According to a survey of 66 IT directors by ReThink Recruitment, 79% believe private sector staff offer better value than IT professionals from the public sector.

Michael Bennett, director of ReThink Recruitment, says IT directors favour commercial experience in addition to technical skills for private sector roles, such as business analysts.

"Although staff with experience of managing very complex IT projects have transferable skills, there is a growing demand from the private sector for so-called hybrid IT staff," he said.

"The government has been suggesting that the private sector could fill the gap in the employment market following the public sector cutbacks. Yet there is an immediate concern amongst private sector employers that public sector IT employees offer less value for money," he said.

Public sector IT candidates may have to lower salary expectations to secure jobs in the private sector.

"It could prove difficult for public sector IT employees to make the switch to the private sector without retraining or reviewing their salary expectations. Many may have to accept lower pay," said Bennett.

[Poll: Are public sector IT workers equipped to do private sector IT jobs?]

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