New assets to improve your hiring, onboarding, and retention
Solving the technical skills gap continues to be one of the greatest challenges for our partners, and I’m delighted to announce the availability of new partner assets to help navigate this competitive landscape, including the much-anticipated Microsoft Practice Development Playbook: Recruit, Hire, Onboard, and Retain Talent. The playbook is a core element of our new Partner Skills Initiative that was created to provide you with best practices, tools, simplified learning options, and ongoing support to ensure your current employees have the right skills as well as to recruit top talent required to work on high-demand cloud engagements. To support this initiative, we’ve gathered insights, strategies, and best practices from 735 partners around the world. And, we’ve found that partners who invest in the emerging skillsets and business processes through hiring and training initiatives are finding their talent development has become a key enabler of digital transformation. But you likely already know the difficulties in attracting individuals skilled in emerging cloud technologies. In our partner survey, over half the respondents cited hiring technical cloud service talent as a challenge, with 69 percent reporting a lack of qualified candidates, and 70 percent indicating attracting new talent as top challenges.
Likewise, in the 2018 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report, 68 percent of IT teams report facing a shortage of skills and cite everything from an inability to attract and competitively compensate qualified candidates to a lack of investment in skills development and ineffective training programs. But we also found in developing this playbook that technical roles are rapidly evolving, and partners are not always hiring and developing strategic skills that map to current and future service offerings.
“As the technologies have become more complex, we have had to get faster at the recruitment/hiring process and take some risks. The types of candidates we need are snapped up so quickly that we must be very agile.”