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HK CIOs turn to temporary staff to beat skills shortage

HK CIOs turn to temporary staff to beat skills shortageFacing pressure to tackle the rising skills shortage, nearly all (94%) Hong Kong CIOs plan to increase their temporary IT headcount over the next 12 months, according to Robert Half.

CIOs plan to increase their temporary staff by an average of 17% over this period, with demand strongest in the areas of software and application development (48%), data and database management (33%) and digitization (32%).

The top motivators for increasing temporary headcount include cost efficiency (61%), followed closely by challenges in sourcing permanent candidates with the required IT skillsets (56%), increasing flexibility without putting pressure on staff headcount (48%) and a faster hiring process for contract workers (41%).

But just 8% refer to o a lack of financial resources to hire permanent employees as a key reason, a factor which Robert Half said demonstrates the appeal of temporary staff beyond purely financial considerations.

Likewise, Hong Kong CIOs plan to maintain their permanent headcount, indicating that temporary hires are generally not replacing in-house positions.

“In a market that is rapidly being shaped by a growing lack of skilled IT talent, by hiring contract IT workers across all seniority levels, CIOs will be able to access a much larger talent pool of technology candidates,” Robert Half Hong Kong managing director Adam Johnston said.

“Many local professionals who would thrive in IT contract work are cautious about accepting this type of work because they are used to being employed on a permanent basis. Temporary work however can provide valuable experience to a resume and the ability to expose themselves to multiple new skillsets. And on the other hand, it is also very common for temporary work to evolve into a permanent job.”

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