Three-quarters of firms struggling to hire IT staff
Three-quarters of Irish organisations now find it difficult to source IT staff, a new study has found.
The survey – conducted among 102 IT managers representing IT departments with 12,000 staff by the Dublin-based services company Auxilion – found that a quarter of Irish firms now describe as “very difficult” attempts to find and retain IT staff. Half say that it is “quite difficult”.
Only 20pc say that they do not encounter problems sourcing the right IT people.
The survey found similar results relating to project management staff with 25pc reporting it “very difficult” to find project managers and 46pc describing it as “difficult”.
“The shortage is exacerbated by concerns over Brexit with more than a third of IT departments expecting this to increase demand for both IT and project resources over the next 18 months,” said Colina Moran, head of project management for Auxilion, which is owned by the IT Alliance Group.
“In addition, IT staff pressures are happening at a time when many organisations are planning to increase their investment in IT over the next 18 months, particularly across IT projects such as cybersecurity, privacy and data protection.”
Just over a third (35pc) believe that Brexit will increase demand for IT services.
However, the survey suggests some uncertainty – with 38pc of IT managers reporting that “they don’t know” what will happen.
Just over a quarter (26pc) believe that Brexit will have no effect.
The report by Auxilion found that cybersecurity is a major priority with 88pc expecting to invest in this area, while 84pc are looking to increase spend in privacy and data protection.
A significant number (39pc) intend to invest more in automation and robotics while the Internet of Things (IoT) is now also firmly on the agenda, with 40pc planning to increase spend in this area.
“While there has been a lot of talk about IoT and robotics, it is interesting to find that so many Irish organisations are actively looking to invest in these areas,” said Moran.
The survey found that 44pc of IT projects are not being delivered on time and that 32pc end up “going over budget”.
“This may be due to a shortage of project managers,” said Moran. “Our survey suggests that 71pc of organisations are finding it very or quite difficult to source and retain the right project managers.
“Another factor may be accountability, with 44pc of respondents reporting that they rarely have up-to-date visibility and status of IT projects through their life cycle.”
However, GDPR compliance is high, with four out of five (79pc) saying that they are well prepared for it, while 18pc say that they are not ready or don’t know.