New breed ditches long hours in dark towers

Attracting and retaining talent will be the biggest issue facing enterprise IT shops in 2006. And when it comes to dealing with IT workers from Generation X and Y the old rules of recruiting do not apply.

The notion of IT workers spending long hours in dark towers has shifted markedly in the last decade.

The new brood of IT workers demand flexible working arrangements forcing enterprises and recruitment consultants to make such conditions a priority.

IT recruitment firm Hays has released a report advising organizations on how to manage, motivate and retain this generation of workers so they can effectively compete in a highly competitive job market.

Peter Noblet, the company's national IT recruitment manager, said organizations need to change their recruitment processes, especially if they want to appeal to Generation Y workers who expect flexible working arrangements.

Unfortunately, this is a luxury not usually associated with IT.