IT jobs have shorter shelf life than most

IT jobs advertised for 67 working days or more are seen as not worth taking according to research from IT recruitment firm Randstad

IT jobs that are advertised for 67 working days or more are seen as opportunities not worth taking according to research from IT recruitment firm Randstad.

This compares with the average across other industries of 74 working days.

Tech professionals think that if a job vacancy is open for 67 days, there must be something wrong with it.

Randstad surveyed 2,001 members of the public, asking how many days does it take for a permanent job vacancy to start to look like a bad job that no one wants?

According to the survey results, the ideal recruitment process should be no more than 29 days

Another recent survey from Randstad revealed that British tech professionals feel they currently have to perform the job of 1.5 people.

Mike Beresford, managing director of Randstad Technologies said tech professionals are far more concerned about the length of time a vacancy has been advertised than the rest of the UK’s workforce.  

“A stagnant recruitment process sets off alarm bells," he said. "Recruiting for a tech post is like trying to sell your house. Leave it on the market too long and, for whatever reason, people start to think there is something wrong with it.”

He added that this can put more pressure on existing IT staff. “[It] leads to fewer applications and increased pressures on the rest of the staff left trying to cover the empty position. We know tech professionals already feel they are performing the job of one and a half people. If they’re cramming an extra two and a half days of work into a working week, they are going to find it extremely difficult to cover for vacant job posts too.”

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