Do IT Unicorns Exist? Challenges With Hiring IT In-House
Businesses today have a continually increasing list of IT requirements, allowing them to keep up with the latest trends and stay ahead of the competition. In some cases, IT is becoming increasingly difficult for these companies to handle on their own, increasing the challenges of hiring IT in-house. Even small companies and startups today need enterprise-level security, the capability to safely back their data, as well as ongoing support to ensure that everything will run smoothly.
That said, many would like to address these challenges internally. Nevertheless, an in-house IT department can be costly. What's more, finding and maintaining these IT unicorns can be a challenge in and of itself. Below, we'll be addressing some of the challenges associated with hiring IT in-house.
The Challenges of an In-House IT Department
Having an internal IT department isn't all negative. First of all, you will have direct control over your employees or employee working in IT. They will be the go-to person for any technical or network issues that may arise. Nevertheless, it can become somewhat tricky for companies to draw a definite line between their revenue and a substantial investment in internal IT resources. In other words, it's always wise to invest in comprehensive IT resources and personnel, but it's not always advisable or sustainable to have everything in-house.
Salaries, Benefits, Holidays, and Sick Leave
One issue to take into account when deciding to hire in-house are the costs associated with wages and benefits. According to Indeed.com, the average salary of an IT Manager is around $82,000 per year, while an IT Technician's salary is close to $74,000. That's quite a cost for a single person, and the chances are that one person won't be able to handle all of your IT requirements. What's more, these costs don't take into account benefits, certifications, turnover and onboarding rates, sick days, or vacation time, among others.
And while on the topic of vacations and sick days, if you have a limited number of IT staff members, it can make things quite difficult when one or more are not at work. This is even more problematic when there's only one member in the IT department. What happens if your systems go down? Who will address any issues that may arise when they're not there? Trying to fix the problem while they're gone can make it even worse.
Training and Turnover
Another thing that you will need to take into account after hiring a new IT person is training. Who will do the training and set aside the required time? It can take months before they will be fully acquainted with your systems, during which time your operations will not be at full capacity.
Also, you should take into consideration the risk of turnover. If your IT employee decides to leave your company, you will have invested countless hours into their development only to restart the process over again. This will create a significant burden on your company, its productivity, and its resources.
The Almost Inevitable Skill Gap
As businesses become more and more technology-driven, the IT skills gap will only continue to grow. It will become harder and harder to find an IT unicorn capable of handling everything an organization needs, even if it's just a startup. As such, more and more businesses are beginning to outsource part of their IT needs because most IT employees' skills will not be able to cover the entire spectrum of the business’s needs.
The Toughest IT Roles to Fill in 2019
It's no surprise by now that IT leaders have ever greater responsibilities concerning strategic business tasks and various digital transformation initiatives. But with added responsibility comes other operational challenges such as the hiring of top talent with the necessary skills to put those initiatives into practice.
Increasing operational efficiency, cybersecurity, leveraging IoT devices, cloud adoption, and integration, are some of the most pressing issues that CIOs and other IT leaders need to address. These initiatives, among others, are dictating the current trends in the talent market.
What Are the Toughest Roles to Fill in IT?
Delivering in most IT initiatives these days requires a heavy focus on cybersecurity and risk management. It's precisely these areas that CIOs struggle the most to find qualified personnel. Next, come cloud services, integration, multi-cloud management, and overall cloud architecture. Cloud computing, as a whole, provides tremendous potential for flexibility and scalability, particularly in a disrupted or uncertain global economy.
Other areas that see a tough time hiring top talent are enterprise architecture, DevOps/Agile process, automation, and IoT implementation. Below is a list of the senior hardest roles to fill in IT in 2019.
- Security and risk management
- Cloud services and integration
- IoT (connected devices, sensors)
- Enterprise architecture
- Multi-cloud management
- Automation and robotic processes
- Cloud architecture
- DevOps/Agile processes
The Scramble for IT “Unicorns”
With so many organizations undergoing digital transformation, it's no wonder that there's fierce competition for top talent or IT “unicorns,” as we like to call them. Companies have started adopting all sorts of strategies to attract these unicorns with varying degrees of success.
Some companies have adopted some extreme hiring strategies in this attempt. And while they may make some sense on paper, in practice they can prove disastrous. On the one hand, some businesses create an endless stream of applicants going in and out of the organization. They hope that this massive influx of applicants will inevitably result in some that are worth keeping. The problem is that this high turnover rate will not only increase costs but will also drop company morale.
Adversely, others have done the complete opposite. Their approach is to look at every hire as a sort of diamond in the rough that, with enough time and investment, will turn into a top performer. This strategy, however, often results in precious resources being squandered on employees that don't have the capability or willingness to excel.
There is no one-way-fits-all approach, but neither these strategies nor higher salaries and benefits alone are the way to go. All of these can prove to be quite costly and ineffective in an overly competitive job market.
When to Hire and When to Outsource
CIOs need to take the idea of outsourcing very seriously if they wish to remain competitive. Some areas should include full-time, in-house hires, as much as possible, particularly regarding data analytics, AI/ML, and CX/UX design, or any others that prove to be vital to an organization's success.
Other fields, however, are changing and innovating too fast to keep up with and upskilling employees may be a too costly endeavor. Such areas include things like security, automation, and cloud architecture. Even though they are essential; they are better off in the hands of trained professionals. They have access to a large body of skill sets through an entire help desk and a team of engineers/solution architects. And let's not forget the costs associated with salaries, benefits, and other in-house costs such as workstations, etc.
IT leaders should decide which parts of their processes should be in-house and which should be outsourced, depending on the company's individual needs and goals.
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