Strategies for Filling Staffing Shortages
Finding the right tech talent is a struggle for many businesses.
The pandemic has made it more of a challenge, with businesses needing to find workers across multiple areas – from software development and artificial intelligence to data science and cybersecurity.
This makes it even harder for businesses to rise to the challenges by using today’s technology solutions.
The shortage of talent has made the tech job market very competitive. In order to solve these problems, there are multiple outlets to supplement current levels of staff.
One way around hiring enough qualified employees is staff augmentation, which can help to outsource parts of business or business projects to capable and skilled workers.
Staff augmentation is one of the most popular staffing models within the software industry and offers multiple benefits.
These include helping to reduce costs by hiring experts in other countries, to reduce risks by finding experienced and skilled workers, and to make businesses more competitive by ensuring they can scale with the ebb and flow of business demands.
Many US-based businesses are working with augmented staff from neighboring countries and regions. They do so to find professionals with high levels of experience and expertise that are difficult to find within the US and cost less than their northern American counterparts.
Managed service providers
A second alternative to hiring in-house employees is working with managed service providers, or MSPs.
MSPs provide wholistic IT support services and take care of the whole IT infrastructure as well as maintenance.
These types of service providers are popular among businesses that need more cost-effective ways of managing their IT services.
An MSP is a type of outsourcing that handles large-scale tech projects – generally IT services within packaged deals. Typical services include providing data center operations, providing cloud computing, helping with software maintenance, and, of course, providing IT services.
Training Existing Staff
Finally, businesses can supplement the two previous alternatives with training already existing staff. This is because, well, it’s always worth focusing time and effort on current employees and making them happy and fulfilled.
Typically, training staff is less expensive than hiring new employees and can instill a feeling of tight-knit unity.
Important tips for this include providing continuous self-service learning, focusing on the development of employees and its effect on company culture, providing networking opportunities, and asking employees for their own recommendations.
Tech talent is one of the driving forces of change in the workplace. The pandemic, and the increased demand for technology experts, has made businesses look to new strategies for filling tech gaps.