What prevents IT companies in India from meeting their staffing needs? The results of a new survey suggest that finding and hiring the right people to fill open positions at tech firms in India may be more difficult than some might have supposed. One thing that’s needed soon, it would seem, is more support for certification.
The results of the survey, which gathered input from India’s top 100 employers, were reported earlier this week by education and IT certification titan Pearson VUE. Pearson asked employers to rate the severity of a number of common roadblocks to finding, hiring and retaining key IT personnel. Some of the most pressing concerns include:
- Properly gauging the ability of entry level candidates (Cited as a concern by 56 percent of those surveyed)
- Finding competent middle managers (69 percent)
- Retaining competent middle managers (61 percent)
- Finding candidates for senior management (53 percent)
- Properly gauging the qualifications of candidates for senior management (61 percent)
Many employers said that they feel India’s ongoing effort upskill young workers is contributing to a stronger IT workforce pool overall. On the other hand, 7 out of every 10 employers feel that both specialist certification and advanced certifications are noticeably lacking.
Pearson VUE executive Divyalok Sharma said in a media release announcing findings from the survey that ongoing investment in certification is a potential solution. India is committed to improving the skills and lives of millions of young people,” Sharma said. “Beyond university and entry-level certifications, there is a greater call for life-long learning and certification so that middle managers in particular can better progress and improve productivity and address talent shortages.”
Also problematic is the current level of confidence in self-reporting of skills by employment candidates. Roughly 70 percent of employers surveyed said that they believe a majority of job candidates in India make false claims on their resumes, and 58 percent said they believe job candidates may have cheated on a professional exam.
One potential solution to those two problems is increased investment in computer-based testing (CBT). Pearson VUE said employers are far less likely to suspect cheating among job candidates who become certified via a computer-based test, and that most believe tests administered by computer are both more secure and easier to validate.