Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009
12. Skills Shortage Amid High Unemployment
Solution providers and vendors alike complained over the last year about not being able to find the technical, sales and management talents needed to run their businesses. These complaints came as the national unemployment rate climbed past 10 percent amid IT vendors and end user organization laying off tech workers by the thousands. In the first six months of the recession, more than 160,000 IT jobs were lost to the recession. The problem often wasn’t a lack of talent in the jobseeker pool, but rather a combination of disjointed expectations, wage conflicts and location. Many jobseekers had a skill, but not multiple skills to fill the newly consolidate jobs. Applications were often spread across the country at a time when relocation was cost-prohibitive. And, of course, many applications often sought salaries higher than what companies are willing or could afford to pay.