US shortage of qualified IT talent hindering state strategic IT initiatives

US shortage of qualified IT talent hindering state strategic IT initiativesAccording to the State IT Workforce: Facing Reality with Innovation report by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), state CIOs are seriously concerned about the shortage of IT security professionals. Alarmingly, 66% of respondents said the shortage of qualified candidates for state IT positions is hindering their state’s ability to achieve its strategic initiatives.

One of the main challenges that state CIOs face when recruiting and retaining skilled staff is that private sector salaries and opportunities are traditionally better than those offered by the government.

The report also states that security as a skill and discipline is the biggest challenge (67.3%) to attracting and retaining IT employees: “There is a real challenge to recruit and retain cyber professionals with the skill sets needed for effective cybersecurity protection.”

The report found that:

  • 86% of states are having difficulty recruiting new employees to fill vacant IT positions.
  • Nearly 92% of states say salary rates and pay grade structures present a challenge in attracting and retaining IT talent.
  • 46% of states report that it is taking three to five months to fill senior-level IT positions.
  • Security is the skill that presents the greatest challenge when attracting and retaining IT employees.

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