The competition for strong candidates for IT workers has never been stronger, and that means hiring and retention efforts must be flawless. Here are some suggestions for what to focus on to make sure you have the best candidates and retain the best workforce.

by Michael Gonzalez
Date Published October 13, 2021 - Last Updated January 20, 2023

IT administrators often work remotely in teams, which can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, having the ability to work remotely empowers employees to do what they love and excel in their tasks. On the other hand, managing these teams remotely is time-consuming, costly in both time and money, and in some cases just plain difficult.

As a result of continual digital discontinuities, the amount of competencies required for a single profession has climbed by 10% every year since 2017. Also, the trend toward remote/hybrid working that followed the pandemic has heightened competition for scarce IT skills across businesses and locations.

Here are some suggestions for how IT leaders can identify and prioritize digital skills and talent requirements, and design plans for these areas to evolve and develop the workforce in line with changing business priorities:


IT leaders can focus on these elements to discover, attract, and hire high-potential talent:

Job openings and resumes

A well-written job description is outcome-driven and competency-driven, and aids candidates in visualizing their personal and professional progress with the organization. It attracts people with a wide range of backgrounds and the potential to apply, resulting in a significantly wider talent pool.

IT leaders and HR directors can work together to routinely review job descriptions to ensure that the language appropriately prioritizes key capabilities and is not skewed toward specific technical skills, credentials, or work experience when recruiting high-potential IT talent.

Company identity

IT job candidates frequently get the wrong impression about a company based on the industry it represents.HR should make sure that job advertisements explicitly state the characteristics that distinguish their IT organization's brand values from those of competitors.

Recruitment tools

Organizations require a tech-enabled recruitment process that is neutral and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion to support rapid expansion in digital business.

Data and artificial intelligence tools may help IT leaders, and hiring managers screen, appraise, and find high-potential people promptly. These technologies can assist in providing applicants with more engaging and individualized experiences.


Employees and organizations can have a continuing and reciprocally rewarding relationship if they have a good onboarding experience. Employees can naturally engage with the company's culture if the process goes beyond a few weeks of orientation and lasts up to six months or even a year.

This timeline provides sufficient time and space for employees to assess and improve their skills and abilities to accomplish the organization's performance goals. An organized and methodical onboarding process is even more important for IT talent management in a remote/hybrid working environment.

New hires may find it difficult to connect with the organization's culture due to the remote working environment. Cross-functional networking, learning, and collaborative remote working should be encouraged by the revamped programs.

Continual Improvement

Organizations should concentrate on the following to enable the ongoing renewal of personnel competencies that support the evolving requirements of digital business:

Career planning that includes the growth of the worker’s expertise

To become a versatile, high-value contributor for the organization, top IT talent searches out a variety of possibilities and tailored development paths, which can be facilitated by a methodical IT talent management strategy.

Instead of acquiring new people to meet shifting digital business needs, IT leaders can recognize and increase the skills of their existing staff by encouraging a culture of upskilling and re-skilling. Encourage IT employees to undergo skill assessments on a regular basis so that personalized development paths may be created for each individual.

Management and succession planning

Organizations that treat succession development and coordination as a continuous cycle can be resilient in the face of setbacks, take advantage of fresh opportunities, and feel optimistic that they will be able to fill key IT positions with skilled IT personnel.


To encourage and retain staff, IT leaders should identify elements that influence employee commitment and design a holistic incentives approach.

Employee commitment

Organizations with higher employee engagement levels routinely outperform their competitors in terms of business performance, according to research.

The global trend toward a remote IT workforce has altered the relationship between work conditions, productivity, and responsibility. To keep staff healthy, engaged, and efficient in a virtual environment, you should embrace more intuitive and compassionate leadership styles.

Pay for Performance

While pay is important in attracting top IT talent, it is not the only element that influences employee engagement, motivation, and retention.

A monetary reward plan combines five aspects — remuneration, bonuses, succession planning, performance reward, and job balance — to fulfill the organization's employment value proposition.


Competition for IT talent is fierce, and organizations must refine every aspect of their hiring and onboarding practices to attract and retain the best workforce. Hopefully, these suggestions will help.

Michael Gonzalez is a content writer with extensive experience writing about Tech, IT, Telecommunications and Business. He started working as a call center agent, eventually becoming a call center manager. That's where he learned a lot about some of the topics he now enjoys reading and writing about. Some of the topics he's currently covering are Telecommunications, Cyber Security, Remote Work Technologies and more. When he doesn't have a book to read or an article to write he likes to spend time with his family and travel to new places.

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