How difficult is it for you to find qualified IT staff?
blackdog 2 years ago
About 18 months ago, my company eliminated a number of IT positions in a cost cutting maneuver. We were not overstaffed, by any means, but the people that made the decisions didn't pay any attention to my concerns. So we almost immediately had problems keeping up with the demands of systems maintenance and day to day operations, and started to see an increase in time required to resolve problems. IT staff was expected to "deal with it" which meant working many more hours for no additional pay, and it didn't take long for the most experienced staff to start looking for other positions and moving on, which made the situation even worse.
Slowly, it dawned on management that the decision was counterproductive, and they increased our hiring budget. However, we aren't in a large city with a lot of IT professionals just floating around, and it is difficult to find people that are as qualified as the people who left. This could just be my location in the midwest, I guess, but I don't know. I assume it would be easier on the coasts. Nationally, how difficult is it to find well qualified staff?
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