The unemployment rate in Phoenix for IT professionals is half the general unemployment rate. That shortage of talent makes for a very competitive market, and therefore, observes Allan Dunn, managing director of the Phoenix office of IT staffing agency MDI Group, “Businesses must be willing to pay above the median rate based on a skill set.”
There is non-salary compensation employers can offer, however, that is meaningful to this population. Two benefits that appeal to them are flexible work hours and an option to telecommute at least part time, according to Dunn. Also, he says, “They have a desire to work on the latest technology that’s out there in a company that offers the opportunity to participate in ongoing training, whether it leads to certification or just keeps their skills current.”
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