A quarter of IT departments, in a survey of 64 organisations, said they are having difficulties with recruitment and retention of sought-after skills. Application support, development and system support cause employers the most problems, the Hay Group survey revealed.
Its findings show that skilled IT professionals are still being lured by offers from rival employers, despite the insecurity of the job market.
More than a quarter of the companies questioned are cutting back on contractors, one in six has a freeze on IT recruitment, and one in 10 is outsourcing work.
But employers should not relax, Hay said. Of those companies that are recruiting, about 77% are doing so to replace people who have left their organisations. "Your most talented people probably still have the confidence and opportunities to switch employers," said a Hay spokesperson.
Of the companies surveyed, a third said that career potential, pay and training will encourage skilled staff to stay with them.
But research shows that most people leave because they feel they do not have enough opportunity to make use of their skills.