Many of my colleagues have complained to me recently about the excruciatingly slow hiring and onboarding process for technical staff. MindBowser recently created this graphic to encapsulate the timeliness issues companies face when they choose to hire in-house:
While this difference in the number of days may seem startling, I believe this graphic actually greatly underestimates this difference.
According to the 2017 Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average time to hire (the amount of time that passes between when a job candidate is initially contacted by a company and when they accept the employment offer) for IT/Technology was 30 days. To compound this, James Atkinson, Vice President of Quantitative Analytics and Data Science at the research and advisory firm, Gartner Inc., said in a 2019 Wall Street Journal article, “Nearly a third of the most critical roles, like tech talent, are left unfilled after five months, costing millions in lost productivity on the table for each company every year...”
The world has clearly changed since the JOLTS survey in 2017 and Atkinson’s comments in 2019- COVID-19 caused the time to hire to greatly increase.
The graphic above estimates that the time to hire is 7-9 days. However, if that time to hire is lengthened to a very conservative 30 days, then work by an in-house team does not start until more than 60 days after the initial need, rather than the 41 days this graphic estimates.
This is in stark contrast to the time it takes my company, Solwey, to get started. We typically start working as soon as we are given the green light by our client, often only days after our client even realized they had a technical need. Just look at some recent comments on our Clutch profile:
- “I really appreciate how flexible Andrew has been and how quickly he is able to get back to me if I need anything from him. He's very knowledgeable and, as I said before, quick to deliver.”
- “Their speed and accuracy in their development were very impressive. I’d provide a design, and they’d be able to implement it quickly.
- Additionally, it would’ve taken another developer a year to do what they did in 2–3 months.”
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