Labor shortages are hitting every industry, and it’s no different when it comes to trying to fill IT staff positions. Many companies are turning to staff augmentation, an option that helps retain involvement and control while adding flexibility and cost savings.
There are a number of factors that have led to staff augmentation being a great choice, including:
- Integration: With staff augmentation, you achieve what you want in terms of team collaboration. Any augmented staff acts as an extension of your team.
- Flexibility: It’s easy to scale up and down in services as your team needs change.
- Remote- and Hybrid-Friendly: For companies that have embraced a permanent hybrid or remote work environment, staff augmentation neatly aligns with your model.
- Lower Risk: Compared to other outsourcing models, where you might turn an entire project over to an outside team, staff augmentation allows you to retain tight control and supervision over the entire team.
In addition to these broad factors, there are a few specific trends to watch for and how these trends will affect staff augmentation in 2023:
The Great Resignation
As more and more people quit their jobs, there is a demand to get creative in how talent is recruited. In July 2021 alone, 4 million people quit their jobs, according to the Harvard Business Review. While resignations peaked in April, IT was one of the largest industries affected. This makes the search for talent extremely competitive.
With so many people working in remote settings, managers are no longer limited to their immediate region for hiring. It’s possible to hire all over the globe and source the best talent regardless of where they are located.
Remote work has opened up new vulnerabilities, so companies are scrambling to get the right talent in place to shore up security. Part of the problem is awareness; a report from BBC News indicates that more than half of all senior technicians in IT believed that teams had formed poor cyber security habits while working in remote settings.
Customer demands are changing quickly. In order to keep pace with an ever-more-competitive level of customer experiences, companies need to be able to adapt their websites, change their strategies and roll out new apps quickly.
Staff augmentation also retains the control your IT staff needs to oversee a project and stay on track in terms of timeline and budget. It also provides cost savings because your company won’t have the costs associated with a talent search, onboarding, salary, and benefits. You pay for the services you need and nothing more.
If your company is struggling to meet a deadline on a cloud migration or trying to fill some talent gaps in your organization, contact us at Proper Connections. We can help you arrange staff augmentation to keep your projects moving forward.