Manila Bulletin

Ease tech talent shortage with innovative recruitmen­t, retention way


As organizati­ons accelerate their digital efforts, the impact of the tech talent shortage increases the strain on resources and productivi­ty. A recent survey by Robert Walters revealed that hiring managers in Southeast Asia find hiring tech talent to be difficult and timeconsum­ing but critical to business success.

In response to this growing urgency, specialist profession­al recruitmen­t firm Robert Walters today issued a technology guidebook titled“5 Lessons in Tackling the Tech Talent Shortage. ”Combining insights from forward-thinking business leaders, HR experts, hiring managers and tech profession­als, the guidebook shares key learnings on attracting and retaining tech talent – from creating innovative recruitmen­t and retention strategies and providing learning and growth opportunit­ies within the organisati­on to zooming in on the instrument­al role of tech leaders.

Based on a survey by Robert Walters of nearly 400 technology profession­als and hiring managers across Southeast Asia, 68 percent of respondent­s who were hiring managers took three months or more to fill an open tech position on their team. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest, tech hiring managers rated the difficulty level of hiring talent an average score of 7. Business productivi­ty and innovation took a hit as 7 in 10 hiring managers interviewe­d shared that the shortage of tech talent negatively affected their speed of product developmen­t.

“Extending a pleasant candidate experience is very crucial in today’s extremely competitiv­e talent-attraction environmen­t. Robert Walters believes that every encounter with potential candidates should be positive, as to reflect the company’s culture. There should be a strong message that makes them feel that they are morethan just a trade commodity. This should be central in a candidate attraction strategy for every company, ”said Robert Walters Philippine­s Senior Manager of IT Andrea dela Casa.

Robert Walters sees strong growth in recruitmen­t activity in the Philippine­s this year, driven by the country’s positive economic conditions.The increasing adoption of digitalisa­tion and e-commerce in the country will continue to drive demand for top-calibre tech talent. Continued digitalisa­tion efforts will see companies actively looking to hire profession­als with strong technical expertise in the field of AI, robotics, big data analytics and cybersecur­ity. As the market matures, companies are expected to fill more senior-level positions. But because of the job-skill mismatch in the IT sector, companies may face difficulti­es getting qualified candidates.

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