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Technology talent acquisition: The 4 layers to think about

Mike Beresford
By Mike Beresford
on August 11, 2016
What matters most for technology talent acquisition? (iStock/Alain Nguyen) The world of work is always evolving. You only have to look at the changes expected to occur in the wake of the UK's exit from the European Union as evidence of that. However, one thing is guaranteed, technology will remain at the very heart of every company's strategic objectives.

KPMG’s research shows that tech hiring in the UK has increased consistently since 2010, while in the US, the sector will create almost twice as many jobs as any other over the next six years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is clear that being able to access the best technology talent is more important than ever, but how can you find the people your business needs and what challenges will you face when looking for them?

When assessing the current tech landscape, the sector can be segmented into four distinct layers, each of which has a significant bearing on your talent needs both in terms of the skills you require and how you attract them.

1. Technology infrastructure to attract talent

Skills shortages and the rise of the Talentsumer have seen the balance of power shift from employer to employee. There is no better example of this than the technology space, where the shortage of skilled candidates means those that are on the market can pick and choose the companies they work with. The IT infrastructure your business relies on can be a key differentiator here.

Top talent wants to work with top technology. Those companies that can offer access to new and exciting infrastructure will stand out from the crowd, while those still reliant on outdated and ineffective equipment will be left behind.

2. Choosing platforms that match your business is imperative

Choosing platforms, products and systems that integrate well and match the goals of your business is vital, but just as important is being able to access the talent that knows how to get the most out of them. After all, even the best system in the world will fail to deliver without the right people behind it.

3. Software is a differentiator

More and more businesses are striving to become software driven. However, accessing the skills needed to make this a reality, is difficult. Research from Oxford Economics shows that more than 4 in 10 companies consider a lack of knowledge and/or skills in this area as a barrier preventing them from developing their own software and achieving success in the app economy. Being able to find and attract high-quality software developers is a vital weapon in the war for talent.

4. Data

Data makes the world go round. Entirely new roles have been created on the back of businesses' desire to make the most of the information they now have at their disposal and the importance of this area is only going to grow as more and more raw data becomes available. Having the tools to uncover the stories within this data and, more importantly, the people who know how to use them is a major source of competitive advantage.

Technology talent acquisition

At Allegis Global Solutions, we are able to draw on 30 years of experience providing talent acquisition services in the technology space. The sector has changed beyond recognition in that time and we have evolved alongside it. It is this ability to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape that has allowed us to continually help our clients find and retain the tech talent they require to succeed.

You can find out more about the changing nature of the technology landscape, what it means for talent acquisition and how AGS can help you find the people your business needs by downloading my whitepaper.

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Mike Beresford
Written by Mike Beresford
Mike Beresford, Director of Business Development, EMEA Mike has over 20 years of experience in creating, delivering and leading complex managed services programs in the EMEA market. During this time Mike has helped build and retain large workforce populations for clients from Banking, Finance, IT and Telecommunications. Having recently joined the Allegis family he is responsible for delivering our MSP and RPO solutions within the region, working with both existing and new clients to help them achieve their talent strategies. He fully understands the challenges of ensuring a fair and balanced approach to finding the very best talent in a competitive market.

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