My purpose in writing is to communicate The InSource Group‘s overall assessment of how the market in the Dallas Ft. Worth metroplex is changing in 2010. This assessment is potentially significant in terms of our client’s abilities to remain competitive with respect to future hires regardless of whether they are employees or contactors; and it also speaks to the challenges associated with employee and contractor retention that have already arisen in 2010.
Without question, demand for new technical resources is up significantly. We began to see an increase in client requirements beginning in December and that trend has continued unabated through February. This is particularly true in the Dallas market where we have seen a 40% increase in requests for technical contractor resources, additionally; full time requests are also up by approximately 17%. This has resulted in many of our candidates being able to pick and choose between multiple job offers. In terms of new hires, speed of response and competitiveness of compensation are becoming more critical to our client’s securing the talent that they need.
With respect to retention, the market has changed. 2009 was a buyer’s market. 2010 is shaping up to be a seller’s market. Contractors will have alternatives available to them that were not options last year. They will all be looking at two factors in assessing whether to stay or leave; rate and length of assignment.
In particular, for those contractors who received rate reductions last year, they will be looking to at least have their pre-reduction rates restored. If this is not possible, another alternative may be to extend their assignments for as long as possible. Some contractors have spoken of their willingness to trade a longer commitment for rate dollars. Please recognize that both contractors and full time employees will be receiving calls from recruiters. Retention challenges have increased; how you respond will dictate the outcomes.