Wayne’s World: IT and EDI Insights


Observations, Opinions, and Musings from the Woods of Maine

Greetings to all of our readers,

Summer, or Construction Season, as we call it in Maine, is finally upon us!

EDI Industry InsightsWe continue to see an uptick in IT and EDI related positions, be they contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent placement.  EDI Staffing, despite decades of recruiting experience, a database with 2 million résumes, automated recruiting tools, and several methods of outreach to potential candidates, can only fill some of the many IT jobs we have on our jobs board or in our database.  EDI based positions are generally a slam dunk for us, as our umbrella name, EDI Specialists, Inc. implies.

We often speak with HR professionals and hiring managers who express the same experience and frustration.  They call us for help with staffing or specific project needs which they cannot fill, or we have an established relationship and they know we can usually deliver quality candidates on most IT related job roles and requirements.

Working nationwide and across industries can be quite a challenge.  There are geographic limitations, for example remote locations or expensive locals. Often, the need for specific industry or backend application knowledge also poses a challenge.  The challenges are sometimes even greater when salaries or rates are not realistic and under the average marketplace figures- add to this job descriptions, which sometimes contain mixed skills having no relationships to one another, and the challenges may just be too hard to overcome.

We have a tool for both hiring managers and candidates alike which looks at IT job titles for a specific geographic area and provides salary information as well as the number of companies looking for help with filling these titles, and the number of potential candidates available. This analysis can be helpful to hiring managers, HR recruiters, and job seekers. Click here for a free competitive salary analysis.

The bottom line is that for many years, there has been a hole, or skills gap, in the IT space.  We see no signs that this gap is closing.  In fact, we think it will increase as businesses invest in the future and boomers retire.  The demands of the healthcare industry alone will widen the gap considerably.


For more information, check out this article from Associated Press posted on July 8.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


Wayne from Maine


Any opinions expressed in this blog are not necessarily the opinions of EDI Staffing


About Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall is currently Vice President of Professional Services at EDI Staffing. His responsibilities touch upon every facet of the company including strategy development; new business development; sales; marketing; consulting; contract management; general regulatory compliance; managing of technical resources and projects; and, most recently, HIPAA compliance as the Information Security Officer. He also manages key consulting practices and growth areas, ranging from Healthcare to GXS to Application Integration, working closely with clients and consultants alike.

Prior to joining EDI Staffing in 1999, Wayne was employed for 23 years at Polaroid Corporation where he managed their worldwide EC/EDI program. Combined with his invaluable training and background as a System Analyst, Wayne is considered a leader in the field. He has authored articles, spoken at conferences, participated in training videos, and founded the New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group, the largest of its kind in the U.S.

His knowledge of the vendor community, software tools and industry trends resulted in his appointment to the Board of Directors for DISA, the secretariat of the ASC X12 standards organization. Wayne has also served as EDI Staffing’s representative to various organizations such as the Vendor Compliance Federation, Industrial Supply Association, and others.

Wayne graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a BSBA and a concentration in Management Information Systems. He enjoys various hobbies and vocations such as wine making, cooking, gardening, music, reading, playing with his pets, and keeping up with current events.  Wayne most enjoys spending time with his three sons and three granddaughters.

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