As a proud Canadian company with a downtown Toronto office, we were thrilled to learn that Toronto has been selected as one of the final 20 sites under consideration for Amazon’s second headquarters. In reviewing the list of the 19 other contenders, we know our country’s biggest city is up against some incredibly tough competition. […]
About Mike Leacy
Michael Leacy is Vice President of IT and Engineering Staffing Services at Ian Martin. He is also President and Board member of the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses (NACCB). His experience is enabling organizations to deliver technical/functional expertise for IT and engineering projects. He lives near the lake and can lay out with the best of them in centre field to make the catch.
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The IT skills shortage is a major issue for CIOs. Companies are competing for top talent, and there aren’t enough highly skilled employees to go around. The problem is only going to get worse. A recent Gartner report revealed there would be 1.4 million openings for computer specialists by 2020, but only enough qualified graduates […]
Are IT hiring issues keeping you up at night? This is a common problem for CIOs. IT professionals are in high demand, and CIOs need to fight for top talent. Top talent is hard to come by, and six in 10 CIOs worry skills shortages will halt their companies from keeping up with change. Since it’s so […]
When new technologies are developed, they provide new opportunities to innovative companies and disrupt whole industries. There are many examples of this throughout history, and as a CIO, you’ve probably experienced disruptive technologies firsthand. The internet, the mobile web, and cloud computing are some of the very disruptive technologies your company and others needed to […]
Budget is a major concern for any CIO, and one of your biggest responsibilities is managing your company’s information technology budget. Changes in the budget will have a major effect on your day-to-day activities. Here’s how budgets for IT will vary in 2017: Budgets Compared to 2016 About half of companies have the same budget […]
Do you tend to focus on hard IT skills when you’re hiring IT professionals? Hard IT skills are easy to quantify. You’d never hire a Java developer who didn’t have Java programming experience. You’d never hire an iOS application developer who didn’t know Objective C and had never built an app before. But hard skills […]
Are recruitment issues keeping you up at night? This is a common problem for CIOs, so you’re not alone. Recruiting and hiring employees is never easy, but it’s even more difficult in a competitive field like IT. Here are the biggest stay-awake recruitment issues for CIOs, and more importantly, how to solve them once and […]
You may have heard the term “co-employment” in various recruiting or hiring circles, but perhaps you’ve never really understood what it means. There is quite a bit of confusion regarding this term, and as a result, there are many people who are fearful of co-employment and unwilling to explore it as a valid option for […]
Bringing on contractors is supposed to make your organization more efficient–not slow it down. Managing contractors in-house, however, is becoming a demanding additional duty—especially for small business owners and startups. You need a way to keep costs down so you can focus on your core business. With this need for contract and payroll management, looking […]
The North American IT recruitment market is extremely competitive, and professionals with highly desirable skill sets may find themselves in the enviable position of having companies clamor to secure and retain their expertise.