Seemingly everything about the world of work has changed drastically since early 2020 — except for a few enduring trends, like the IT skills gap. Employers are still struggling to find talent for key roles including AI, machine learning, data science, cybersecurity and more.
“For each U.S. job in this field, only eight potential candidates are available — the lowest ratio among the 26 markets we’ve studied,” writes Rebecca Henderson, Randstad executive board member and CEO of global businesses, referencing Randstad Sourceright’s new Global In-Demand Skills Report.
While the talent data may be concerning, Henderson believes that a multi-pronged approach can help. She advocates for reskilling programs that can prepare existing employees for new roles in IT. Data from Monster shows that approximately 50% of employees want skills training.
In addition, Henderson advises companies to invest in STEM education initiatives by supporting local schools, providing internships and work-study programs, and recruiting from diverse colleges and universities. She also reminds employers to walk the talk when it comes to work-life balance: offering hybrid and 100% remote work arrangements, mental health days, and flexibility for personal needs.
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