Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Skilled Technologists at Competitive Salaries

In both our personal and professional lives, we are constantly striving to save money. As we move beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and adjust to a ‘new normal’, many businesses are feeling the financial impact of these changes, and it is therefore sensible to review prices more carefully at this time. If you are looking to hire new staff or expand your business in the current economic climate, how can you find quality IT personnel at an affordable price? Here are a few ideas to consider.

Be Certain Human Resources Has a Firm Grip on Its Function

It is essential to ensure Human Resources have a detailed understanding of the role requirements if you wish to avoid managing the hiring process alone. Posting a comprehensive job description is the most effective way of sourcing suitably qualified IT professionals. Additionally, it may be beneficial to consider applicants who have experience with similar projects, even if they are in a different codebase, as opposed to those with knowledge in the same codebase but who would have to become familiar with your organisation from the outset.

To ensure that the job description is accurate and comprehensive, it is important to write it yourself and consult with the existing developer (if applicable) and other people in similar roles. Rather than simply providing a list of technical requirements, the job description should also include information regarding the work environment, the responsibilities of the candidate and the criteria for success.

Do not focus on Paychecks, but on Results

It is often said that there are some developers who can achieve the work of ten people in one, dubbed the ’10x developer’. The truth is, however, that not all developers have the same level of efficiency and capability; as such, it may be reasonable for them to seek higher wages for their work.

Whilst it may be tempting to hire two developers for the price of one, it is important to consider whether this would be a cost-effective solution if it would ultimately delay the completion of the project by several months. Therefore, when searching for the right candidate for the job, do not be tempted to haggle over money if you find someone who is a good cultural fit, has the skills and expertise required and has excellent references.

Comprehend the Needs of Software Engineers

Given the importance of technologists in the modern workplace, it is critical that we identify the top 10 factors that attract them to job offers. To gain a better understanding of this, the Stack Overflow Survey of 2023 should be a priority. Through the hard work and dedication of developers, we can confidently state that they are likely to value factors such as:

  • What programming languages, frameworks, and other technologies (54.1%)
  • Workplace culture or ambiance (48.5%).
  • Time-management freedom (45.6%)
  • Increasing one’s employability (43.5%)
  • Possibility of working from home (31.7%)
  • The extent to which my efforts would be used or have an effect (23.5%).
  • In what sector of the economy will they be employed (15.0%)?
  • The company’s or organization’s financial performance (13.8%)
  • In what capacity or on what team they will be working (12.8%).
  • Diversity in the workplace (6.8 percent)

If you can provide a developer what they need, your offer will be more attractive, regardless of the compensation you’re offering.

Distribute Your Resources

If you are not located in one of the most sought-after cities for IT expertise, you may be tempted to settle for second best, but this does not always have to be the case. Contrary to popular belief, the most talented minds in the technology field are not necessarily concentrated in Silicon Valley. By broadening your search and considering remote developers, you will have a much greater chance of finding the perfect person for the job, without the need for them to relocate.

If the notion of recruiting personnel from overseas evokes memories of the early days of outsourcing, you can rest easy knowing that recent advancements in technology have made it possible to have a fully integrated employee from any part of the world. With the right tools and platforms, it is now easier than ever to connect with and manage international staff, ensuring that your business can benefit from the advantages of a truly global workforce.

The United States must frankly accept that it will have to source software developers from distant locations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is projected that more than one million IT jobs will remain unfilled in the upcoming years. Due to the current immigration policy, businesses will be forced to look outside of the US to find suitable employees for their roles within the IT sector.

Time to Hire

Recruiting a new employee in the United States can be a costly process, with anticipated costs running to around $30,000. Furthermore, it can take an average of six weeks to locate the right candidate, which could potentially delay the progression of the project and reduce the new employee’s ability to quickly adapt to their new role.

If you choose to partner with a remote technical recruitment agency such as ours, you can rest assured that you will not experience the same difficulties. In a matter of less than two weeks, we could present you with a selection of developers who not only have the right technical skills, but also fit in with your company culture and are willing to work remotely.

Professional Headhunters

By leveraging the expertise of a specialist tech recruitment service, you can ensure you are obtaining the highest quality IT professionals for your organisation. Such a service will be well-versed in the best practices for recruiting IT professionals and have knowledge of the most successful markets for finding the most talented individuals. Moreover, they will have a comprehensive understanding of the job description you have carefully developed.

So, Use Us

At the beginning of this article, we posed the question of why it is important to be open and honest with your emotions. We believe that the answer to this question is clear; expressing your true feelings allows you to be true to yourself and to those around you. When it comes to finding qualified and skilled professionals to employ, you can trust us with the task. We have developed a stellar reputation and are proud to have successfully matched many qualified candidates with the perfect job openings. We have an extensive pool of highly skilled individuals who are experienced with remote working, and if we do not have the right candidate for you, we are confident that we can locate them.

Prior to sending you a candidate’s CV, we will thoroughly assess their technical qualifications, ensure that they would be a suitable cultural fit for your organization or team, and confirm that they are comfortable with remote working. We will take care of all the necessary human resources documentation, allowing you to be confident that you have made a wise decision. Does this sound suitable?

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