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In a previous blog post, we initiated a discussion about to what extent there is a shortage of IT skills in South Africa. In a series of upcoming posts, we’ll be expanding on each of the points we made to further the discussion.

We have recently raised a number of questions around the potential lack of IT skills in the South African and international marketplace. In our last post in this series, we’d like to expand on the last one: are businesses arrogant?

This question has come up because it’s come to our attention that some businesses feel that candidates should “want to work for them”? To the detriment of all other reasoning. But does the world work like that anymore? Especially with the rise of the Fintech / Disruptive markets.

If you’re a hot IT specialist candidate, you may have your pick of jobs and businesses to work with, so shouldn’t businesses “sell themselves” just as much as candidates need to “sell themselves” to the business?

Shifting Mindsets: Attracting Talent Sustainably 

If there is indeed a skills shortage, shouldn’t businesses change their attitude if they are wanting to secure top talent?

While some people might want to work for a company or business for the sake of prestige, in a world where IT skills are in demand we don’t think that businesses can afford to rest on their laurels at least not for long.

If you’re a candidate looking for a position in IT, what do you think? Would you work for a company just because of their reputation?

And if you work for a company or business, do you have a solid recruitment process in place to attract top talent, or do you rely on your brand name to do that for you?

We’d really like to hear what people who work in the IT industry think; share your thoughts in the comments section below!