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3 Things to Consider When Hiring IT Professionals

The technology industry is rapidly evolving – and so are the demands of IT jobs and the requirements needed for employers to target skilled candidates in the industry.

We look at a few factors companies need to have in mind when recruiting IT professionals.

Contract versus Full-time Position

As the IT talent pool diversifies and the online it marketplace increases, the employers have a serious decision to make in the recruiting process: should they consider contract work or full-time position?

It is no longer about just performance and skill, but also the kind of employment these professionals are engaged in, whether it is freelancing, part-time or full-time work.


Specialisation versus Development

In light of the above, freelancers and contracted IT professionals tend to have more defined specialities because of the nature of their short-term work.

In contrast, long-term employment is a premise for developing further skills and career advancing possibilities in the IT sphere. Long-term IT employees are expected to develop with the company’s requirements and direction.

In the case of developers, for example, the role may require employees to learn additional programming languages to better serve the needs of the employer.

Hence full-time IT roles may require further training and development, whereas a contract position will need specialised solutions and work completed upfront.

Employers should carefully assess the nature and requirement of the position to determine the kind of suitable candidate for the job, and whether specialisation is preferable to ongoing development.

Subordinate Employee versus Consultant

IT professionals are hired for their skills, specialisations, and experience.

While this is true, organisations need to clarify the distinction between a professional that needs to be supervised or fulfill additional expectations, and a consulting role where the professional provides his or her services and expertise and gets paid accordingly.

Employers should clearly define the job responsibilities and expectations.

Factoring in the time frame of the projects that need to be completed, as well as the budget available for the IT role also helps in making the right recruitment decision.

Your company’s goals, expectations, and the nature of the technical work required determine the correct placement of the suitable IT professional.

Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.

Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Koekemoer

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