Leverage the power of data analytics to improve the hiring process for tech staffing

Tech recruitment presents challenges, particularly in today’s competitive market and fast-paced recruiting space. To address this, recruiters must seek solutions to streamline the hiring process for tech professionals. In this discussion, we will explore data analytics as a strategy that companies should consider.

Challenges in Hiring Tech Staffing

Navigating the landscape of tech staffing presents a myriad of challenges for organizations striving to build high-performing teams equipped to meet the demands of an ever-evolving digital world. From grappling with skill shortages to contending with fierce competition for top talent, the process of hiring tech professionals is fraught with complexities that demand innovative solutions and strategic approaches.

Shortage of skilled professionals. In today’s landscape, companies face significant challenges in sourcing the right candidates for technology roles. Among various factors, the shortage of skilled professionals stands out as the most daunting hurdle for recruiters. The 2020 State of Software Engineers report by Hired revealed that 67% of hiring managers cited a lack of skilled candidates as their biggest hiring challenge.

According to a report by Korn Ferry, this shortage could escalate to a global deficit of 4.3 million technology workers by 2030. Meanwhile, Robert Hall reported that finding top talent continues to be a challenge for 90% of tech managers.

Competition for talent. The shortage of tech talent not only exacerbates the challenge of finding suitable candidates but also intensifies competition among companies vying for these skilled professionals. The demand for tech expertise has surged across various industries, driving a fierce battle for talent acquisition. As per a report by Robert Half (2024), 61% of hiring managers have intentions to grow their teams, ensuring continued high competition for talent. Additionally, 35% of these managers are actively recruiting to fill vacant positions. Tech Job Fair also reported that the demand for workers in the tech industry is expected to remain strong, with 61% of tech managers planning to hire for new roles in 2024.

The cost of tech talent. Tech professionals often command high salaries due to the demand for their skills. According to the Dice 2024 Tech Salary Report, the average annual tech salary in the US is $111,193, which is significantly higher than many other industries. SHRM (2022) also reported that the upward trend in tech salaries has been steadily increasing over recent years, reaching record highs.

Diversity and inclusion. The tech industry has long struggled with diversity and inclusion issues, which can impact hiring efforts. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women hold only 25% of computing roles in the US.

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The Power of Data Analytics in Hiring Tech Positions

In response to the challenges encountered in hiring tech talent pools, recruiters are actively seeking and implementing solutions. Data analytics has emerged as an effective tool for recruiters to leverage. The advantages of implementing data analytics include:

Saving time. A report by the Boston Consulting Group found that companies using data analytics in their hiring process were able to improve their candidate quality by 19% and their time to hire by 20%. This shows that data analytics not only helps streamline the hiring process but also leads to better hires.

Research by IBM also found that organizations leveraging data analytics in their hiring process can reduce the time to fill positions by up to 50%.

Improved diversity and inclusion. HireVue’s 2019 report reveals that unconscious bias affects 40% of hiring decisions, while BrightTalk underscores that “79% of HR professionals acknowledge the presence of unconscious bias in both recruitment and succession planning decisions.”

To solve this issue, recruiters can consider applying data analytics in the hiring process. Data analytics can also aid in fostering diversity and inclusion in the hiring process. A study by McKinsey & Company found that diverse companies are 36% more likely to outperform their competitors, and data analytics can help identify and mitigate biases in hiring decisions.

In conclusion, harnessing the power of data analytics presents a transformative opportunity to enhance the efficiency, fairness and effectiveness of the hiring process for tech staffing. Embracing data analytics not only streamlines recruitment efforts but also ensures that companies remain competitive in the rapidly evolving technology landscape.

Thuy Doan

Thuy Doan
Thuy Doan is founder and CEO of Innovature BPO.

Thuy Doan

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