The IT and tech job market in Canada is evolving, and technology leaders must manage an array of complex priorities for their business if they want to stay ahead amidst digital  transformation. In the latest Robert Half Canada survey of more than 180 technology hiring managers, 92% of technology leaders report challenges in finding skilled professionals, which could put key business priorities and strategies at risk. To help navigate hiring for tech jobs in Canada, Robert Half has created a new tech guide e-book to the job market in Canada for 2024 titled, Building Future-Forward Tech Teams. What will you find in the new e-book? The Never-Ending Challenge to Keep Pace with Rapid Change At Risk? Technology Managers’ Top Priorities The Urgent Need to Solve Skills Gaps Required for AI Initiatives Practical Strategies to Build a Future-Forward Tech Team Retaining Talent – and Looking Ahead Additional Resources for Technology Leaders DOWNLOAD THE NEW TECH E-BOOK NOW To get to the heart of the challenges businesses are facing in this ever-evolving landscape, Robert Half surveyed tech hiring managers at small, midsize and large companies across Canada. The research reveals the major concerns and priorities that are top of mind for business leaders in the technology space as they navigate these transformations. This valuable e-book is a resource for technology managers who are facing the challenges of finding, hiring and retaining skilled talent in a competitive and dynamic market. The e-book features research, data and insights from Robert Half, Protiviti and industry experts, while also providing practical strategies for building a future-forward tech workforce. What is there to know about the IT and tech job market in Canada? 2023 was a breakout year for AI, including generative AI systems like ChatGPT and AI-powered productivity tools such as Microsoft Copilot. Suddenly, it seems that many major organizations are implementing AI at some level — and not just for experimental use cases, but to support their everyday business activities as well. Many companies are also innovating with related technologies like machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP), applying them to use cases in various departments. With these changes happening rapidly across many industries, Robert Half’s new tech e-book shares the top 5 priorities technology leaders’* have for 2024, which will affect the IT job market and tech jobs in Canada. Those priorities are: 1. Systems and information security 2. AI, machine learning and automation 3. Cloud initiatives 4. Digital transformation initiatives 5. Hybrid work technologies Those looking to enter the tech job market need to know that they don’t need skills in just one or two areas, but several, based on the hiring manager priorities above. These priorities are interlinked in many ways, with advancement on one front often relying on meaningful progress made in others. “Identifying the AI skills required to stay competitive in the market and attract top talent has never been more important. As AI adoption continues to increase across all industries, so too does the demand for an already limited talent pool. The companies that are proactively assessing skills gaps, skills requirements, and actioning recruiting plans are setting themselves up for greater success,” shares Heloise St Pierre, Assistant Vice President, Technology, Robert Half Canada. DOWNLOAD THE NEW TECH E-BOOK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TECH SKILL GAPS
What are Canadian technology leaders' hiring priorities and challenges in the first half of 2024? Our Robert Half Canada survey* found that: 51 per cent are hiring for new permanent roles 42 per cent are hiring for vacated permanent roles In the first half of this year, 34 per cent of technology and IT professionals** are currently seeking or planning to seek new opportunities. This is a good sign for employers planning to expand their teams and hire for tech jobs but recruiting skilled tech talent will require a competitive compensation package, flexible work options and career development opportunities. Read more insights on technology roles in highest demand in our latest Demand for Skilled Talent in Tech blog Future-forward tech teams need future-forward leaders, too. Engaging in continuous learning, staying informed about industry trends, participating in professional networks, getting managers hands-on with the same technologies they want employees to master, and seeking feedback and mentorship are a few actions leaders can take to invest in themselves — and set an example for their team. With Robert Half’s new tech e-book guide to the job market in Canada for 2024, employers and companies will have a direct guide to creating a bulletproof strategy for tackling tech industry risks, skill gaps, and talent. DOWNLOAD THE E-BOOK NOW: Building Future-Forward Tech Teams --- Sources: *Robert Half survey of more than 180 technology managers in Canada with hiring authority **Robert Half survey of more than 130 technology professionals in Canada