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Changing attitudes towards IT recruitment

25 September, 2008
The skills churn and high salary demands are set to become less significant factors in IT recruitment as more companiestest are outsourcing technical expertise and recruiting strategic thinkers into their IT functions.
A survey by Hays Information Technology recruitment company has shown that, unsurprisingly, the trend in IT recruitment in the UK is leaning away from tech-heads and towards broad experience in business management fused with strong technical knowledge.

This trend is borne out by the corresponding move towards outsourcing many of the hard-core technical aspects of information technology whilst keeping the strategic planning, reporting and sourcing decisions in house. For this, the IT recruit for the next decade is going to possess clear business skills, a sense of direction and the ability to communicate more effectively in the board room rather than on the message boards.

Helen York of Computeach goes on to say that this is the right time for more women to enter the industry as, in her words, the IT role is becoming more "chic" than "geek" as the bits and bytes are being left behind to make way for more lateral thinkers whilst also dispensing with some of the inflexibility that had previously put off many women from entering IT.

As part of the overall IT mix, security plays an important role and is considered to be one that attracts significant focus due to the damage that can be done to a company's reputation and balance sheet if a breach of sensitive data occurs. IT security is without doubt a management function rather than a technology function. The technology to protect corporate IT systems exists by the barrow-load but the ability to manage, maintain and develop it as part of the overall corporate business processes doesn't. This is where the new wave of IT specialists need to excel in their ability to master not only the ever growing tangle of technology, but make the best use of it as an integrated and dynamic security system that enhances corporate processes
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