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IT LEADERS: SKILL GAPS, PLANNING, AND WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY

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  • 1. IT LEADERS: SKILL GAPS, PLANNING, AND WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY INSIGHTS FROM OVER 300 IT LEADERS IN THE U.S. ON THEIR APPROACH TO WORKFORCE PLANNING, HOW THEY ARE PREPARING FOR CRITICAL GAPS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE. The impending IT skills gap EXPECT A NEGATIVE IMPACT 59% of IT leaders expect a negative impact on their organization as a result of impending IT skill gaps. Contingent workforce to complement current IT skills HAVE NO PLANNED APPROACH FOR ACQUIRING TALENT HAVE NO PLANNED APPROACH FOR RETAINING TALENT 36% 44% of IT leaders report that their organization does not have a plan in place for acquiring IT talent with critical skills. 48% of IT leaders report they’ve conducted a strategic workforce planning assessment to identify future workforce needs. BELIEVE PLANNING IS EFFECTIVE 42% Mobile Technologies 73% of IT leaders who conduct strategic workforce planning believe their planning has been effective in preparing for potential IT skill gaps. FUTURE PLANNING TIME HORIZON 78% Of those who conduct strategic workforce planning, the majority plan for a 1 – 3 year time horizon. of IT leaders are “rarely” or “sometimes” made aware of key organizational initiatives/projects in advance. Only 25% are “always” made aware in advance to plan accordingly. 63% 34% 4% 3 – 6 months 1 – 3 years 4+ years Current and projected IT workforce composition A FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE IS IMPORTANT of IT leaders think a flexible IT workforce is important or very important—when compared to workers who are directly employed —in achieving their project goals/strategy. 46% Business Intelligence Hindering the ability to adequately plan The importance of a flexible workforce 77% 54% Security of IT leaders report that they do not have a plan in place for retaining their existing IT workforce. Planning for the future PREPARING FOR THE IMPENDING SKILLS GAP 57% Cloud 67% 33% of their total IT workforce is made up of flexible* workers, according to IT leaders. Current Future (2 years) 66% 13% Direct employees 14% Long-term outsourced employees 12% 12% Temp/ contract and independent contractors kellyservices.com *Temporary/contract employees, independent contractors, project-based and long-term outsourced employees. Source: Kelly Services IT Leader Research, August 2013. An Equal Opportunity Employer. © 2013 Kelly Services, Inc. Y1218A 8% 8% Project work (statement of work)