Want to attract mobile IT talent? Offer a free lunch

If you want to attract the top IT talent in mobile development, you need to offer free lunches. A free gym membership, tuition reimbursement, working with the latest tech and a referral bonus wouldn't hurt either.

Those are the conclusions of a study conducted by Dice.com, a career site for tech professionals. The need to offer perks for talented IT pros stems from the high demand for their services--close to 80,000 tech jobs available--and low unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. That number drops to 2.7 percent for software developers.

"We're seeing a high degree of confidence among IT folks who are employed; 65 percent of those surveyed say they're confident they can find a new position in this market," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, tells CIO magazine.

Free lunches also top the list of perks used to attract IT pros in software engineering, cloud computing and big data.  

"While sushi and gluten-free drinks may strike some as a workplace extravagance, to those of us who have spent a decade or two dwelling in tech, free lunches likely indicate an employer who values efficiency, employees' health and the team building aspect of shared meals," explains Goli in a blog.

"The best of the best in tech continue to show great interest in challenging assignments, personal growth and cultures that encourage innovation and flexibility. In other words, when it comes to employment, they want the whole enchilada--on the job and in the lunchroom," Goli concludes.

For more:
- read Goli's blog
- check out the CIO article

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