Next-gen tech talent in Czechia must have these 'soft skills,' recruiters say

Employers have been overlooking critical soft skills in the recruitment process, leaving a lot of potential untapped. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 27.02.2023 17:00:00 (updated on 02.06.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

While IT skills needs are evolving faster than ever, and specialized technology talent is at a premium, critical soft skills, also known as “power skills” are being neglected in the recruitment and resourcing process.

Despite continued talk of the crucial nature of upskilling and reskilling, latent potential remains untapped among workers in the middle of the tech talent pyramid.

“The New Age of Tech Talent,” a report from Experis, a global leader in IT professional resourcing and managed services and part of ManpowerGroup, finds that employers need to be more creative and agile in their talent strategy – both inside and outside their organizations.

The research suggests that HR leaders should be guided by workforce data, a clear talent philosophy, and a willingness to experiment.

The IT sector is growing quickly. While there is an acute demand for highly technical candidates, great potential lies within adaptable generalist candidates that are frequently untapped. This can be detrimental as the soft skills these individuals possess are often the most challenging to find. Companies can look within to fully explore workforce potential and reskill employees to fill gaps and meet their talent needs,” Experis lead Pavel Červenka said.

Demand for tech talent intensifies

When asked why they were having difficulty filling tech roles, 34 percent of hiring managers said candidates did not have the right technical skills, 32 percent said they didn’t have the right relevant experience, and 27 percent said they didn’t have the right soft skills.

The research also cites that 22 percent of hiring managers have the greatest difficulty finding IT project managers, followed by cybersecurity analysts, software developers, and AI/machine learning specialists (all 20 percent).

The top soft skills employers report are in demand for tech roles include critical thinking and analysis, creativity and originality, reasoning and problem-solving, reliability and self-discipline, and resilience and adaptability.

Opening up the middle

Regardless of sector, the conversation about the technology skills gap often focuses on the most senior and junior roles and ignores existing talent who have strong technical skills and an intuitive sense of the business but may lack exposure to emerging technologies and a roadmap for their future career development.

Recruit on potential, not the past

With so many organizations competing to recruit IT workers from the same talent pool, there is a golden opportunity for employers to look further afield. Often, candidates are overlooked because they lack traditional qualifications. Further, recruiting strategies that embrace greater gender and ethnic diversity are also significant in the search for the right IT talent.

The report underscores four ways organizations can bring new thinking to life:

  • Open the middle: One in five organizations globally is having trouble finding skilled tech talent, and IT/data skills are the most difficult to find for 30 percent of organizations. Companies need to increasingly look inward to fill the roles they need, taping workforce potential and reskilling employees to fill gaps and meet the challenges ahead.
  • Find the hidden talent: The reality of the technology sector is that employers need to be more adaptable, unlock new sources of talent, and recruit based on potential, not necessarily past experience. Traditional approaches focused on filtering candidates according to qualifications. and experiences may not identify those recruits who have the raw qualities that employers require.
  • Trust the data strategy: To get better results from recruitment, retention, and HR strategies companies can leverage data analytics tools to make better decisions and reduce attrition. As one in three organizations globally plans to invest more in AI technology including machine learning, over the next year, aptitude and personality assessment tools will enable more effective hiring decisions.
  • Lead with confidence: Companies guided by culture and values will be those that best adapt to the new workforce reality and win the war on talent. Significantly, 7 in 10 workers say having leaders that they can trust, and follow is important to them, and 2 in 3 want to work for organizations that share their values.

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