Survey shows a high need for IT workers in Roanoke, New River valleys
A recent survey of employers in the Roanoke and New River valleys showed a strong demand for people to fill new jobs in information technology.
More than 1,250 of the high-paying positions could be created within the next 18 months by about 40 companies, according to their responses to the anonymous survey conducted by the Valleys Innovation Council, a nonprofit organization that works to support regional economic growth.
“We’ve been hearing for some time now that regional employers have a growing, unmet need for IT and software talent,” said Doug Juanarena, co-chair of the council.
Organizers hope the survey will underscore the importance of working with employers, support organizations and communities to come up with strategies to develop and recruit the needed talent.
“Almost no business today can grow and scale without IT and software development talent,” Juanarena said.
The first of its kind, the survey was prompted in part by a decision by Advance Auto to move its headquarters to Raleigh, North Carolina, where the talent pool for the company’s desired IT workforce is deeper.
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