The possibility to work remotely, “sports cards” and extended healthcare – these are the top three IT industry’s most wanted perks. According to a recent survey published by Grafton Recruitment one in four employees pay attention to extra-salary perks during the recruitment process. In the situation where the Polish IT industry desperately needs nearly 50 thousand specialists, IT companies do all they can to convince potential employees of their offer.
50 thousand vacancies in the IT industry – that’s the Polish job market according to the Sedlak & Sedlak’s company specialists. There is a shortage of highly qualified experts. Professions that are sought for the most include programmers, IT experts specialising in telecommunication or administration solutions, hardware specialists, quality control and ERP systems as well as IT consultants.
It is estimated that in seven years the demand for employees will grow to 150 thousand. The European Union needs almost 300 thousand IT employees, and prognoses say that by the 2020 this number might exceed 1 million.
In this very year we plan to hire more than 50 employees in our offices in Wrocław, Poznań and Warsaw, we plan to open new locations in Poland and we do not rule out remote work. Mostly, we need APAP and JAVA programmers and maintenance and SAP SD/MM/WM/PS/FI/CO consultants – says Remigiusz Efinowicz, Hicron’s board member.
“IT Experts Wanted Now”
According to Antal International research – one IT specialist is sought on average by 12 employers annually. Talent outflow becomes reality, especially given the fact that, as “Job Market Monitor” published in July says, Poles are one of the nations most open to changing jobs. In the past half year one out of five surveyed employees changed company. This is becoming a real problem for employers. A recent survey by Manpower Group Poland “Talent Shortage”, up to 54 per cent of employers admitted that a shortage of qualified specialists has a moderate or severe influence on their ability to satisfy customer needs. This means that companies continue to perceive the professionalism of their employees as a key element to the realisation of business objectives. They have no other choice but to fight for the best experts.
At work like on holidays?
In the American IT industry companies like Google have been promoting the “work is your second home” paradigm for a long time. They arrange the office space so that employees can feel like at home. There’s nothing strange in that – office space is often the key element to realising projects based on knowledge. Scientist from University of Michigan say that proper office customisation to fit employees’ needs and the possibility to freely arrange them plays a key role in creativity stimulation. Hammocks, rest zones, reading spots, billiards or even volleyball court – these are but a few of attractions offered by Google to its team. Polish companies do not lag behind too far when it comes to the space arrangement with employees in mind – Allegro Poznań or Warsaw Unilever offices are a great example.
However, office space is not enough. Over 75 per cent of large companies surveyed by Grafton Recruitment offer other extra-salary perks. The most popular ones include sports cards, private healthcare, insurance programs, pension provisions and language courses. Some companies offer fridges full of treats, free lunches, or film and concert tickets in the hope of attracting prospective workers. Blue Media IT company pays its employees 1 PLN for each kilometre ridden by bicycle when commuting. Their current mileage is 12 thousand kilometres. Other companies also bet on sports. Running and sailing have become quite popular. A few days ago Hicron’s team took part in the Play with Friends regatta in Puck Bay.
The purpose of such activities includes team building and the creation of a friendly atmosphere in the workplace. Team building events are not enough. We wish to provide our employees with the best working conditions possible. Our perks list among other things, features private healthcare, sports card or foreign language courses. It’s crucial to us to provide everybody with appropriate development opportunities. We run various professional training courses – from internal transfer to certified training to individual training for particular employees – says Marta Zerka, HR Specialist in Hicron.
There are perks and there are perks
What do employees say about these “attempts at temptation”? According to the Grafton Recruitment report, one in four IT specialists value extra-salary perks. Attractive schemes of incentives raises a company’s competitiveness in the area of rivalry for employees and allows for the building of a loyal and competent team. It is not, however, the most important factor motivating people for instance, to relocate. Research says that over 84 per cent of respondents declare that only a higher salary could convince them to change the residence.
The choice of employment is also influenced by a high organisational culture of the company and its stability. Friendly working atmosphere and flexible hours are also of high value. Applicants appreciate the possibility to work according to “Home office” or “Core hours” rules.
Without a doubt the situation on the job market is very comfortable for IT experts. It forces employers to constantly improve their offer and to provide non-standard perks to minimize talent outflow and acquire the best industry professionals. Especially given the fact, that competition does not sleep.