A quarter of all businesses cannot retain enough IT staff, according to a recent report by independent research group Computer Economics.
According to Computer Economics’ 2005 fringe benefits survey, 25% of the 300 public and private organisations surveyed had retention problems, compared with only 11% reporting such problems in the 2004 report. Half of the organisations experiencing staff retention problems were public and not-for-profit organisations.
The survey showed a surge in recruitment activity among 90% of respondents in all areas of IT, including development, technical services and operations/customer support, compared with 80% in 2004.
This mirrored the findings of the latest Computer Weekly/SSL survey of appointments data and trends, which showed that electronics, communications and retail companies as well as the public sector have all stepped up recruitment of IT staff.
Recruitment is currently highest among banks, financial services firms and IT suppliers.
The biggest problem that companies face when recruiting IT staff is finding the specialised skills required, according to 40% of respondents, with 38% struggling to recruit staff due to the lack of suitable candidates
Over half of all the organisations polled said job insecurity had been the biggest factor in retention problems as people felt unsure of the future of their role. Competition from other organisations was the second biggest reason companies failed to hang on to staff, according to 41% of organisations.