Did you know that more than 350,000 Canadians currently live in Silicon Valley?
Let’s face it – it has become extremely difficult to find tech talent in Canada. Many of these bright, young stars are moving South of the border to find employment and Canada has been losing a lot of talent as a result.
Is there anything employers can do to attain any of this talent? There are a few key steps that employers can take attract top tech talent on home soil:
- Invest Locally and Hire New Graduates – Employers start looking for talent as soon as they have a problem or need that they are not able to solve on their own. Many employers often overlook recent graduates – they want to hire people who can solve their problems right away without having to be trained. Recent graduates have an enthusiastic attitude, dedication toward continuous learning, lower pay expectations, and are known for being “digital natives”. In addition, training costs can be subsidized by the government through grants like the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. Employers should seek to anticipate future needs so that they are able snatch up young talent before their competitors do.
- Increase your Reach by Engaging with Local Recruiters – Since tech talent is extremely difficult to find, employers will likely have to expand their search outside of their city. Unfortunately, many employers do not have a reach outside of their local community. This is where recruiters can help organizations find the right people with the right skills. Local recruiters who specialize in tech know market expectations better than employers do and know exactly where to find the talent. Ahoy Employ helps employers find the right recruiters who have a close relationship with talent in tech, on their “nose on the ground.”
- Access the Gig Economy – The concept of a sharing economy has been around for centuries, but it has grown in popularity over the last years. Individuals in the tech industry are keen to use the Gig Economy because it offers them certain flexibility that traditional working environments do not. The Gig Economy allows contractors to have flexible working hours, flexibility regarding location, and flexibility regarding the projects they take on. One report found that 35% of the entire United States workforce utilized the Gig Economy and are working as freelancers.
The tech industry is booming! Are you getting the tech talent you need, right now? Are you engaging with verified, independent recruiters who are deeply connected in the industry in North America, so you can implement your software and database projects properly, right away?