West region 2013 staffing trends
Today, we continue with our 2013 staffing trends analysis and Yoh leadership insight interviews. Our guest is Tammy Browning, Yoh’s Senior Vice President for the Western region.
Tammy provides unique insight into the realities of sourcing and placing highly skilled professionals across technology, healthcare, telecom and most recently, the interactive gaming community. You will hear some similar themes to what Don Hanson shared in our last 2013 staffing trends post. Mostly, that the battle for highly skilled talent is most certainly on despite the ongoing economic malaise that we continue to endure. Yet, cost conscious employers are forced to wage this war in a climate that demands they get more from their workforce without increasing the overall labor expense. This challenge is being met with the deployment of more functional leadership types who have the ability to play active roles on technology project teams while at the same time leading and managing the project to successful delivery.
One area that is showing more consistent growth is the console and interactive gaming space. Tammy shares the unique talent challenges in this space and the need to make sure that educational offerings are aligned to ensure that skilled technical resources are also trained in the more liberal art elements typical of the industry. In the mean time, while this long term training need is being is addressed, studio and production companies are working diligently to identify methods that will allow them to identify, connect with, and ultimately source the sort of creative technical talent that is critical to successful delivery in the console and integrative gaming space.
Other Highlights of Tammy’s 2013 Staffing Trends
- The Pacific Northwest is enduring a war for talent
- In some regions there is a 10 to 1 ratio of open positions to candidates
- The Interactive gaming space is in need of long-term educational and training investments to fill the talent needs for the industry long term
- Economic uncertainty is present and generating anxiety but currently not impacting hiring decisions.
- Cost efficiency is driving evaluation criteria for skilled technical labor
- A high demand to deliver new products to market persists and may will increase contract to hire employment