3 things employers get wrong in the battle for IT talent

Gartner estimates that companies take a $12 million productivity hit every year due to hiring challenges.

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In 2018, 49% of the S&P 100 job postings were for 39 roles. More than 25% of those jobs were in IT: Systems analysts, web developers, software developers, security analysts, systems administrators, and research scientists.

The latest analysis found that 29% of these highly critical roles were still not filled five months after the job was posted. Gartner estimates that this leads to a  $12 million loss in productivity year over year.

“It’s not just a matter of lost profits but lost opportunities for growth and innovation as well,”  said James Atkinson, a Gartner vice president of quantitative analytics and data science.

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Why weren’t those positions filled? Gartner’s TalentIQ team analyzed millions of data points from social media, job sites, web searches, job descriptions, and career websites to figure out what job descriptions work and why. 

Highlight diversity and inclusion

Atkinson said one of the most surprising findings was the power of organic diversity and inclusion posts on social media.

Among the 100 social media posts with the most interactions, diversity and inclusion was the most common theme. Diversity means reflecting a range of ages, genders, races, ethnicities, religions, and cultures. These posts were 1.7 times more likely to have high levels of engagement. Gartner measured interaction by compiling the sum of likes, comments, and shares for a post.

Companies recruiting new team members, said Atkinson, should put diversity and inclusion messaging front and center. 

“Job candidates, and…