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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

There's been a shift in the power dynamics between candidate and employer in the IT industry. As the demand for talent begins to outstrip the supply, each qualified candidate becomes even more valuable.

While it's still important for jobseekers to bring their best to the IT market, skills shortages mean it's not just candidates that are competing with each other.

As job seekers begin to realise their worth in the talent market, it's up to employers to prove why they're a worthy choice and what part they can play in a candidate's career development. For businesses looking for younger graduates to fill IT jobs, what can they do to become employers of choice?

Millennials - people born roughly between 1980 and 1995 - now make up the majority of the workforce, but Generation Z are now also fresh out of university and will add a fifth generation to what's becoming an extremely busy workforce. Although it's unlikely for many businesses to have all five, it's still important to understand that each group expects different things from their employers.

The youngest generation joining the workforce - Generation Z - is a particularly interesting one in the context of IT recruitment. Born from 1996 onwards, these people are the only generation so far to grow up with the internet, making them the first digital natives to start looking for jobs.

Studies have shown they demand flexible working options from employers and have strong emotional attachments to their digital habits. In short, they could be an IT company's dream employee, bringing a unique understanding of what it takes for a tech product to resonate with audiences.

Few generations have been the subject of thinkpieces as often as millennials, but it appears that one of the group's apparently defining features is changing. Much of the discussion around millennial talent focuses on the idea they're eternally looking for new job opportunities and rarely consider staying in a role for more than a couple of years. According to Deloitte's most recent millennial survey, however, this is no longer the case.

Deloitte reports that there's a renewed desire for security in employment. It suggests this sentiment could be a reaction to the instability that characterised much of the events in the rest of the world throughout 2016. Millennials are also excited about the potential Generation Z will bring to the workplace. Roughly 60 per cent of those surveyed believe Generation Z will have a positive impact once they join the workforce, citing their IT skills and desire to be creative as key characteristics.

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