There are signs of improvement. According to an article in Tech Republic
, for instance, tech employers had a relatively easier time finding workers in 2018 than they did in 2014. But here in North Carolina, which is adding tech jobs faster than 46 other states in the U.S., the pain of missing talent is still acute.
One of our clients, a company called Boardroom Insiders
, came to us after working with outside help — which left them needing additional horsepower to get the company's back-end technology where it needed to be. Another client, Mountain Khakis
, hired someone to build out the company's e-commerce platform, only to end up with a complicated, buggy system that didn't provide the right solution for the problem at hand.
These are problems with profound financial impact at the company level, but as the economist from Glassdoor points out, that has repercussions beyond a company's bottom line. When a company's technology doesn't work, the company can't scale. It can't add jobs. It can't fill its employees' pockets with more money to spend on homes, cars and vacations. It's a vicious cycle. As we noted last year
, the solution isn't easy. We need to do a better job as a country of training kids in STEM subjects and preparing them for tech-related jobs. We need to take advantage of the resources available now, such as coding schools and bootcamps, for fresh and capable tech talent. But we also need to make sure we keep our focus on quality. Bad tech talent is almost worse than no tech talent at all, costing companies time, money and, potentially, customers. So while we need more tech workers, we also need to make sure those workers are good at what they do.
And that's the interesting thing when it comes to the conflicting headlines about the state of the tech labor market in the U.S.: The numbers and the people who study them may point to incremental gains as a sign of success. And maybe they are. But when you're a company with real technology needs, you're not worried about the slowly shrinking tech talent gap. You need help now.
That's why we built Dualboot Partners: to be there, when your business needs it.