IT Solutions Blog

Digital leaders predict what 2022 has in store for technology teams

by Holly Burnett 24 November 2021

The Harvey Nash Group, a leading global provider of talent and technology solutions, published its Digital Leadership survey results earlier this month. As part of the group, Crimson is a contributor to the report. 

The 2021 Digital Leadership Report is the world’s largest and longest-running senior technology decision-makers survey. Launched in 1998 and previously called the CIO Survey, it has been an influential and respected indicator of significant trends in technology and digital for over two decades. This year a survey of over 2,100 digital leaders took place between 8th July 2021 and 11th October 2021, across 87 countries. In the UK, 823 digital leaders were surveyed.

During the last 12 months, we have seen demand spike for tech professionals as investment in IT skyrocketed to enable agility, meet customer demand, and provide new products and services. However, candidates have had a monopoly over the market with so many new opportunities, and many organisations have faced ‘The Great Resignation’. The Digital Leadership survey found that four in ten employers are struggling to retain their employees, and only one in three (38 percent) of organisations have revisited their employee offer to make it more attractive.

Aside from attracting skilled candidates’ digital leaders cannot find the talent they need. Even though more than half of the professionals surveyed said they were looking to hire regardless of location, 66 percent admitted they could not keep pace with technology trends because of a lack of skilled individuals. For example, the demand for Developers is extraordinarily high; in fact, it’s in the same league as HGV drivers and Nurses. As a result, more than half of those surveyed (52 percent) said they would be offering more apprenticeships to help plug the skills gap.

Let’s take a look at some more of the headlines from the much-anticipated report;

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, IT strategy, IT and business goals, retention, Remote Working, Coronavirus, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, Wellbeing, Mentalhealth, HR, talent attraction, Technology Trends, Digital Leadership survey

How to support employees experiencing menopause

by Holly Burnett 18 October 2021

October is menopause awareness month and, since the ground-breaking Davina McCall documentary, ‘Sex Myths and the Menopause’, there has been a huge increase in menopause coverage. More women have shared their experiences, the medical curriculum has been challenged, and employers are stepping up to provide information and support. The documentary touched on the misconceptions surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), leading to only one in ten women opting for (HRT) and the misdiagnosis of depression. Nine out of ten women will experience menopausal symptoms; however, there are 40 plus symptoms meaning everyone’s experience is different.

Topics: How-to, retention, Wellbeing, HR, Menopause, talent attraction

Why you should conduct an exit interview, and how to do it

by Holly Burnett 30 June 2021

Many organisations ramped up their employee engagement strategy during the pandemic. However, according to HR software firm Personio, four in ten employees (38 percent) of UK employees are still planning to quit their job in the next six to twelve months. A whopping 58 percent of the tech workers are considering a career change. The truth is that remote working has left workers pondering new job opportunities that align with their beliefs rather than their commute. Therefore, employers must get a handle on employee satisfaction.

Topics: Employee Retention, Employee Engagement, Exit Interviews, HR