Autonomy has hundreds of open vacancies that the firm is finding difficult to fill, due to both a shortage of skilled technologists and competition from other IT vendors for available talent.
Robert Youngjohns, general manager for Autonomy, said that recruitment is his biggest challenge in the business.
“Right now, we have 320 open positions across the [Autonomy] business and our biggest problem is getting those filled,” he told V3. “We continue to work hard at it [attracting staff] but it’s an incredibly competitive marketplace, and I think we need to show people not only that we have great terms and conditions and all those sorts of things, we’ve got to show people that we have exciting technologies to work on.”
Youngjohns said he was not familiar with any UK-specific initiatives HP is involved in to improve tech skills, due to the fact he only joined the business last September from his role as Microsoft's North American president and is still catching up on HP's overall remit. But he noted that bosses like chief executive Meg Whitman are doing a lot of work in the US on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.
“It’s a real worry that the proportion of students at college reading science and technology is dropping year by year, which means the dependency is more and more often on a workforce coming in from outside of the country,” he explained. “If our future is based on innovation, then we have to have the skills to drive innovation. The lucky thing about large corporations like HP is that we’re global entities and therefore we can tap into the resources wherever they exist. But it doesn’t mean to say we shouldn’t be focused on them on our home turf.”
In Autonomy, Youngjohns has inherited a division within HP known for its innovation, along with a team of workers all in their twenties running the augmented reality side of the business. The Aurasma team could be a useful tool in the firm’s efforts to attract younger technology talent, who might otherwise equate HP’s longevity in the marketplace with stuffiness or outdated attitudes.
“It’s one of the most excitable teams I have in the business, they just want to make stuff happen,” Youngjohns noted. “They really get the commercial aspects of Aurasma and they so much want this thing to be successful. But one of my pressures on them is to keep thinking like an independent startup.”
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