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Historic I.T. recruitment reversal

By Ross O. Storey | Jan. 20, 2010
Asia’s I.T. recruitment and employment market appears to be leading the world with a dramatic recovery in the past six months, to the extent that there may even be a return to a shortage of candidates for senior positions.

Singapore’s Information Development Authority (IDA) chief executive officer, RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, told a youth infocomm seminar in November that “infocomm will continue to be a high growth sector” for the Lion City.

“This has resulted in a high demand for infocomm professionals in areas such as software development, software design, business process outsourcing management, solutioning and architecting and infocomm security,” Tay says.

“Professionals who combine technical ICT skills with domain knowledge of specific industries are in even greater demand,” he says. “Such hybrid ICT professionals are able to leverage on technology to drive and transform businesses, enhance service offerings and increase the overall competitiveness of their organisations.”

Talent development

Hudson says that, in all three markets surveyed in the quarter four report, the respondents’ top human resource priorities for 2010 were talent development and improving retention.

In all three markets, the Hudson respondents reported that the higher the position, the harder it was to find local candidates with the required skills and experience.

From research house Gartner’s perspective, because of the worldwide economic recession, “many organisations have already cycled through various IT staffing changes that were defensive in nature, often shortsighted and aligned with an IT strategic plan that was misaligned to the realities of recession”.

Kurt Potter, director, Gartner Research, says that often, IT staffing changes are off plan and related to over-reaction to the panic that occurred during the depths of this recession.

Potter says that, since many enterprises choose 1 January as the beginning of their financial fiscal year, 1 July often heralds the official start of the six-month IT budget cycle in preparation for 2010 IT strategic plans.

“During this annual planning process, many IT leaders will have to live with the shortcomings of previous IT staffing decisions and take corrective action to prepare for the return to growth,” he says.


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