68% of employers struggle to find IT talent: survey

Monster.com survey says disruptive technology required to identify talent

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68% of employers struggle to find IT talent: survey 72% of respondents said that only two out of ten of their correspondences with job seekers actually convert into hiring
By  Tom Paye Published  May 5, 2015

Only 17% of companies in the Middle East and India believe that it is either easy or not difficult to find talent for niche skills, including IT, according to a recent survey conducted by recruitment website Monster.com.

The survey found that 68% of employers believe it is extremely difficult, or at least difficult, to hire talent for skills such as IT. Meanwhile, around 55% of the respondents said their recruitment department needs five to ten man hours to hire a technology professional.

And further down the line, 72% of respondents said that only two out of ten of their correspondences with job seekers actually convert into hiring, Monster said.

"Technical talent is notoriously difficult to access and recruit. Many are not active job seekers, and therefore are unlikely to have uploaded a resume to a database or created a web profile, which makes them unfindable," said Sanjay Modi, regional managing director at Monster.com.

"However, relevant talent is spending time online and leaving their footprints, demonstrating the professional skills that make them desirable candidates. This makes way for recruiters to find the ‘unfindable' in time and at the right place. Interestingly our survey indicates 87% agreeing that there is a need for disruptive technology to find relevant talent. We need to look at augmenting how recruitment is approached"

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