A few years ago, the tech industry was in a state of flux.
The digital revolution had changed the way we connected to our digital world, and the future was looking bright.
As tech companies grew more powerful, the demand for IT staff grew exponentially, and they needed more people to keep up.
To meet that demand, the IT industry had been hit hard by the financial crisis, and many IT professionals were being laid off, especially those who worked in the IT-centric areas of the financial services industry.
But it was not just IT staff who were being let go.
Many IT departments in the country were also being laid-off as well.
In order to make up for the lost IT staff, many businesses were looking for new ways to keep their workers engaged.
One of those ways was to get them to stay on the job for longer.
“Many IT professionals are in their late 30s or early 40s, and often are looking for a job that they are comfortable working on for a while,” explains Mark Jaffe, the CEO of Jaffe Consulting, a private IT firm.
“The reason is that it allows you to have a little bit more control over your career.”
For some companies, this was not an option.
“They are looking to hire younger people to work on the front end of the business,” Jaffe says.
“If you can’t get someone younger, you can usually hire someone younger.”
Many companies also found it was a good way to retain top talent.
The IT industry is a highly competitive field, and it was easy to see why some companies felt it was important to retain talent, because they were better able to compete with the bigger companies.
But there were some concerns about hiring too many younger IT professionals.
“For many IT people, they just want to work in the industry,” Jaffasays.
“That’s what it’s about, it’s not a career, it is a hobby.”
Jaffe explains that there are some advantages to hiring younger IT workers.
“We see this as a way to get those people to stay around longer, which is something that many of the bigger IT companies don’t want to do,” he says.
However, other companies that were looking to find a way forward were also looking for ways to retain their IT staff.
Some of those changes were making it more difficult to find young talent.
“As more and more people are coming out of IT, they are looking more and so they are finding it increasingly difficult to hire older people,” Jafas says.
One thing that Jaffe does not like about the IT job market is that IT jobs are not very lucrative.
“It is one of those industries that is going to be going for a long time,” JAFAsays.
As an example, he points to the number of IT jobs that have gone unfilled for many years, and he feels it is only going to get worse in the coming years.
“There is a lot of pressure on IT departments to get young people and retain them,” Jafaas says, adding that they should be encouraged to continue hiring.
“In order to keep those people working in the field, they need to be paid more,” he adds.
But if companies were going to keep hiring, there were certain issues that they needed to address first.
The first thing that companies need to consider is the job market for IT professionals in the United States.
“You need to know what the job is, and what are the trends in the job markets in other countries,” Jafer says.
To do that, JAFas and his colleagues looked at what was going on in different industries.
“A lot of the IT professionals we talked to felt that their career paths were set in stone.
They were in the same industry, they were the same place, they had the same work load, they did the same types of work,” he explains.
But many IT jobs in other parts of the world were not set in place like those in the U.S. The number of new IT jobs being added in the last year in Germany has been around 10 percent for the last two years, which, in terms of job numbers, is quite low.
In China, the number is around 15 percent.
“Even in the technology-driven countries like China, it may not be as big as some of these other countries, but it still seems like it is growing fast,” Jafeas says of China.
“People who are in IT are not as motivated as they are in other areas of their life.”
Many IT jobs also seem to be getting harder and harder to find, which JAFAS says is a problem for IT companies.
“I don’t think that there is a shortage of IT workers in the world.
There are people who are passionate about technology, and who are interested in this,” he comments.
But he does say that IT needs to be better informed about its market.
“Technology-based companies need more information on the trends and what is