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Competitive salaries sweeping tech talent out of Tampa Bay


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — We know that the “great resignation” is taking place, but one Tampa Bay company is focusing on the great return.

ConnectWise is a software and services company located in downtown Tampa. It’s been growing since 1982 and has 3,000 employees.

As it grows, it’s looking to hire 500 people. The problem is out-of-state companies are offering more competitive salaries and swiping the talent away.

“With the compensation surges that are happening right now, it’s really tough to keep talent local to Tampa,” ConnectWise Chief People Officer Jennifer Locklear said.

Tech roles are one of the greatest in demand and there’s competition for good talent. Locklear said it’s been difficult filling those positions.

“We had a situation recently — we offered [a candidate] 100% more than what he was currently making, and we lost him to a Silicon Valley company for 140% more,” she said. “So it’s really important as an employer in Tampa Bay to make sure we’re keeping that talent here and that’s what we’re working to do.”

Locklear said that candidate was offered $400,000 at ConnectWise but another company swept in offering 40% more.

ConnectWise is offering remote work and is also partnering with local universities to help recruit.

“People can work in any company they want to – they have options, so why do they want to work at your company?” said Locklear.

ConnectWise said it asked employees what they want from their employer. They said three things:

  • A career path
  • To know the company is investing in employees, not just as professionals
  • What the company is doing for the community – so there is a social responsibility aspect

This is not only a Tampa Bay issue. Companies across the nation are now stepping up their perks, such as remote work, to not only recruit but to retain employees.

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