Info-Tech’s IT Talent Trends 2022 Report: What You Need to Know

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Published: 07.06.22

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the demand for tech skills has skyrocketed, and it’s only going to keep surging. One of the biggest reasons for this is the global pandemic and its acceleration of new technology adoption. But while this has undeniably benefitted the IT sector, it also means the competition for talent is at its fiercest.

Without the right tech team in place, you risk falling behind. Luckily, the team here at Cathcart Technology has made it our mission to always stay one step ahead so you don’t have to. Read on for our deep dive into Info-Tech’s IT Talent Trends 2022 report, and what it means for your hiring plans in the year ahead.

How to maintain your competitive edge

Designed to identify the most pressing challenges faced by tech HR teams, the IT Talent Trends Report 2022 has surveyed 245 IT professionals for their personal insights on today’s employment landscape. With representation from 12 countries and 18 industries – from manufacturing and education right through to healthcare – the report presents a truly diverse sample, enabling the most accurate predictions. 

Armed with Info-Tech’s findings and our analysis, you’ll have all the necessary tools to incorporate new strategies into your business – maintaining a competitive edge in an increasingly dog-eat-dog environment. 

The five key trends of the report

To build and maintain successful tech teams in 2022, Info-Tech’s findings indicate that you need to bear in mind five main trends:

1. Strategic recruiting finds good talent

Job descriptions aren’t enough to make your business stand out from the crowd. Winning the talent war means adopting a strategic approach in your recruitment. That means identifying your hiring goals, re-evaluating your employee value proposition, and developing an onboarding process that sets your new starters up for success. In other words, think outside the advertisement.

2. The (not so) Great Resignation continues

2021 saw workers quit their jobs at historic rates for reasons including low pay, little to no advancement opportunities, and feeling undervalued at work. This trend has continued into 2022, and though the IT industry has fared better than most, employers can’t risk getting complacent. 

3. DEI practices need to grow into meaningful actions

When it comes to diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace, intentions are exactly that – intentions. Taking real action to shift mindsets and behaviours towards an equitable working environment means recognising your areas for improvement, setting goals, updating work policies, and providing diversity training.

4. Remote work is here – cultures need to adapt

Remote working was popular in the tech sector even before Covid-19. Now, it’s more than an experiment, it’s a way of life. So, if you want to attract and retain the industry’s top talent, you need to offer a good work-life balance

5. Management skills drive success in a remote world

Companies may be embracing flexible and hybrid working, but it isn’t without its challenges. Investing in management training will equip your senior team with the necessary skills to foster remote employee productivity and engagement.

Our advice for staying ahead

Our crucial takeaway from Info-Tech’s report? It’s very much a candidate’s market. With the pandemic having eliminated the need for traditional office structures, employees have had ample opportunity to reconsider what they prioritise when searching for a new role:

  • Dynamic office culture
  • Flexible or remote work
  • Increased work-life balance 

All that’s left for business leaders to do is shift your own priorities, and consider what improvements you can make to give yourself a much-needed head start in the tech skills race. If you want to discuss your next steps with an expert, speak to a member of our team today.

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Co-founder and Joint MD

Sam Wason

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