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Executives surveyed say it takes six weeks or longer to fill IT positions

For information technology (IT) departments already stretched thin, six weeks may be too long to wait for reinforce...


February 15, 2007  


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For information technology (IT) departments already stretched thin, six weeks may be too long to wait for reinforcements.

But according to a recent survey of chief information officers (CIOs) that’s how much time it can take to hire a new IT employee.

CIOs polled said it takes an average of 48 days to fill a staff-level position and 74 days to bring a new manager on board.

The poll includes responses from more than 270 CIOs from a stratified random sample of Canadian companies with 100 or more employees.

It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked, “How long does it take on average to fill a full-time staff-level position within your IT department?” The mean response was 48 days.

Executives also were asked, “How long does it take, on average, to fill a full-time manager-level position within your IT department?” The mean response was 74 days.

“Hiring managers often are caught in a catch-22: short-staffed but unable to dedicate the necessary time to recruit and evaluate candidates due to extra duties they’ve had to assume,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, the firm’s executive director.

“Employers must balance the need to expedite the hiring process with the equally pressing need to ensure a new employee is right for the job.”

Lee cautioned that while hiring carefully is crucial, taking too long to make a decision has its own pitfalls.

“Today’s top professionals — even those currently employed — often receive multiple offers to consider, and organizations that don’t act quickly risk losing these candidates to other opportunities. Overburdening staff for extended periods of time also can lead to burnout and increased turnover.”