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10 IT Hiring Trends Confounding Private, Public-Sector CIOs

State government CIOs have some of the same hiring problems as their private-business counterparts. Here are 10 of the biggest trends in IT hiring and what executives can do to get the best talent.
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The National Association for State CIO's new report on the status of state IT workforces has just been released. Timed like the Olympics, every four years NASCIO reports out on the challenges facing state CIOs in hiring and retention. And as with the Olympics, those four years bring a host of new challenges, but also some familiar ones.

As always, state governments are dealing with a labor shortage. Whether you are in government or the private sector, however, many of their challenges will be familiar. There is a lot to learn from the study.

Small salaries compared to the private sector, tight budgets, compliance with state hiring regulations, and a lack of qualified talent are among the challenges facing state CIOs today. The study ends with a broad call to action for state CIOs to refocus their efforts around recruitment and retention and to become more innovative in the effort to find top talent.

However, there are some states that are starting to create new incentives to attract high-caliber IT talent. The private sector should take note.

A lot of the initiatives reflect advice we've been giving at InformationWeek.

The NASCIO study features responses from the IT departments in 49 states and territories across the US. This represents one of the widest geographical studies you'll find on hiring of IT talent in the country. A quick eyeball look at the participants reveals that Arkansas and Vermont were the only two holdouts. But it is safe to assume they didn't skip the survey because they are the only two states with no problems with labor.

Check out the trends in the report. See if they resonate with your challenges. And tell us in the comments how you are responding to the talent shortage in your organization.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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4/22/2015 | 12:30:28 PM
Re: money is not everything, even in IT

Pedro in the current market I don't think talented IT professionals will be willing to put up with the paperwork and delays only to acquire a position that pays less. The competition for great IT talent is fierce if the government wants to garner this type of talent they need to adjust their pay and culture appropriately or it will impact us all.

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4/21/2015 | 12:51:45 PM
Re: money is not everything, even in IT
@pedro- That's interesting that the application process is a holdup considering talent is the biggest concern of the CIOs. The last thing a CIO needs to do is put off their best talent by the application process.
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