IT hiring up: Recruiter

Growth in hiring observed across all sectors

Canadian businesses are playing catch-up on IT hiring, says one IT search firm. They have seen demand for IT professionals double over the last 18 months.

According to CNC Global, a Toronto-headquartered IT recruiter, full-time hiring has increased by 24 per cent between January and June this year. As a percentage of overall demand, full-time hiring has risen from 22 per cent to 26 per cent.

The growth in hiring is observed across all sectors, not just among large employers and blue-chip firms, said Christopher Drummond, vice-president of marketing at CNC Global.

“In fact, it’s taking place right across the board,” said Drummond.

“One of the things we’re seeing is the small and medium-sized organizations are becoming much more effective at streamlining their hiring processes so that they’re hiring a lot faster. And in many cases they’re beating the large companies to the punch.”

In highest demand are people with skills in infrastructure support, e-commerce expertise, or senior project management and business analysis experience coupled with industry-specific skills.

Leading the IT recruitment wave are employers in Calgary, where full-time postings have gone up from 15 per cent of total demand to 34 per cent. In the Greater Toronto Area, full-time postings have jumped from 24 per cent to 34 per cent of overall demand.

As a result of the rising demand, good candidates are seeing four or more offers instead of the one or two offers they would get a year ago. “We’re seeing an increased number of offers being turned down,” said Drummond, citing anecdotal sources.

This rise in IT hiring, added Drummond, indicates that businesses are viewing IT as a strategic function and no longer a cost centre.

“In IT, there’s still a pent-up demand for infrastructure upgrades; that’s not going away. Budgets for IT seem to be expanding a little bit to accommodate business development needs. And governments are modernizing and spending money on IT and spending quite a bit on permanent hiring, especially at the provincial level.”

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