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Tech Business Leaders Reveal 2017’s Recruitment Gaps

1/3 Struggle to Find Staff with Interpersonal Skills

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan 24, 2017) – According to 500 business leaders, finding good interpersonal skills is the biggest recruitment challenge tech employers face in 2017. A third (31%) of those surveyed in the tech industry said soft skills were the most difficult to find among candidates.

As employees now stay at work until later in life, age has become a challenge too - 41% said it was the biggest challenge to diversity in the workplace, compared to just 28% for gender, and 21% for ethnicity. Unsurprisingly, women saw gender as a bigger challenge, with 32% of those surveyed saying it was their biggest concern.

Jack Cullen, president of Modis commented:

“While age is an increasingly prevalent issue in recruitment, diversity issues like gender and ethnicity should not be forgotten. In 2016, women held only 26% of technology jobs, so there is still a lot of opportunity to address that gap”

As far as ‘hard skills’ go, ‘security and critical infrastructure’ was the skill recruiters struggled the most to find in candidates, with almost a quarter (22%) saying it was the most difficult to find. This is concerning when we consider that “external threats” was named as the biggest potential hazard to tech businesses in 2017 by 40% of those surveyed.

When asked about their priorities for attracting top talent, the decision-makers surveyed also revealed that:

  • 63% believe salary is more important than the longevity of a company
  • 42% said they expect a salary higher than the market average
  • 60% of men in the tech industry said benefits such as flexible working and free fruit are more important than salary

For an infographic summarizing the data, please visit the Modis blog here.

For the full study please click here.


About Modis
Modis is a global provider of information technology staffing services and the second largest in North America. As the most dynamic IT recruitment specialists in the world, Modis connects leading companies in virtually every industry with top IT professionals for both temporary and permanent assignments. With keen industry insight, tenacity and unmatched depth of expertise, Modis understands the world of IT and the people who practice it. It is this understanding that empowers Modis to help both clients and candidates make exceptional connections in today’s complex world of technology. Modis is a true powerhouse in the field of IT staffing, offering the most expansive talent base, branch network and global reach available in today’s workforce. For additional information, please visit

Mary Beth Waddill
Adecco Group North America – Modis