UPFRONT The talent challenge

A slowing economy may help ease last year’s skills shortage crisis but at least one HR specialist reckons the dearth of talent is set to become big issue for business this year.
The shortage has reached critical level and promises to be major concern for CEOs and CIOs in the coming year, says Sandra Lyall, HR director for Unisys NZ.
“In the past talent management and retention programmes have been perk for employees. Effective talent management is now business imperative.”
In the IT sector, Unisys predicts increasing difficulty finding the best people for positions on offer, rising recruitment costs, an increase in flexible working conditions, and greater focus on employee retention and performance management.

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