Twitter chat recap #ITWCjobs: IT career progression in Canada

Updated Nov. 27, 2014 at 2:30pm EST: We had a great Twitter chat with our guest experts today, featuring Richard Murray of Deloitte, Stephen Hornberger of Mercer, and Allison Griffiths of Mercer! Thanks again to everyone who joined us. But in case you missed the chat, we’ve prepared a quick recap below. Follow the discussions questions to see what was said!

The job hunt can be a frustrating process for both those who seek, and those who are looking to hire. That’s no different in IT – even though it’s a field full of opportunities, candidates often feel pressured to show prospective employers they have the right skills. And hiring managers need to find the people with the right talent to contribute to the workplace.

We’re holding a Twitter chat for both job hunters and human resources specialists alike, looking to bridge the gap between candidates and hirers in the IT space. Join us on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. EST for an hour-long discussion at the hashtag #ITWCjobs!

We’re excited to say we’ll be joined by three guest experts, two tweeting from Mercer:


  • Richard Murray, senior manager in the National Talent Acquisition team at Deloitte.

Richard Murray, Deloitte

With more than 15 years of experience in IT recruiting, Murray leads recruitment for Deloitte’s Consulting and Enterprise Risk Services practices across Canada. He will be tweeting from @DeloitteJobsCA.





  • Stephen Hornberger, principal at Mercer.  

Stephen Hornberger

As a principal in Mercer’s talent business in Toronto, Hornberger comes with 15 years of industry experience in offering clients solutions in a variety of areas, including variable incentive compensation program design as well as executive and sales incentive compensation program development. He will be tweeting from @Mercer_Talent.






  • Allison Griffiths, principal at Mercer. 

Mercer Photo - Allison

Griffiths is also a principal in Mercer’s talent business in Toronto, specializing in workforce rewards. She helps organizations ensure their rewards programs effectively attract, retain and reward employees.

Griffiths works with both public and privately-held clients to assess the position of their total rewards program, establish a strategic link between pay and performance, and develop long-term incentive strategies. She will be tweeting from @Mercer_Talent.




For the full list of questions we’ll be discussing, see below:


Q1. We’ve been hearing about the IT skills gap for some time now. Is that gap still a problem today?


Q2. What types of hard and soft skills are IT employers looking for?


Q3. Should employers be spending more on IT training? Whose responsibility is on-going skills training – employers or employees?


Q4. How can HR professionals and IT managers work together in hiring the right people?


Q5. Can you share some tips for job seekers negotiating salary and compensation?


Q6. How can job seekers find out what the market rate for their salary should be?


Q7. What are some of the mistakes job seekers make during interviews and negotiations?


Q8. IT employees often expect a lot of perks or “total rewards” from their bosses. What are the ones they should be looking for?


Q9. What role does workplace diversity play in the IT industry? How can employers address this?


Q10. What are some strategies you’ve used personally in improving employee retention?


Q11. In the next five years, how will hiring change in the IT sector?

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