IT skills gap on course for chasm

Most IT professionals believe the UK technology skills gap is still growing, according to research from recruitment web site the IT Job board (www.itjobboard.co.uk) published today (Thursday 18th December).

Of the 443 respondents questioned last month (November), 72 per cent predicted the skills gap would continue to grow, both at home and beyond the UK's borders, blaming a shortage of suitably qualified professionals and rapid changes within the IT sector for the ongoing disparity.

Most (70 per cent) said better training was needed, whilst 44 per cent said the shortage can be filled by outsourcing jobs to other countries.

"It is down to employers to invest in their staff, via systems and training, to ensure they stay up to speed with changes," stated IT Job Board managing director Alex Farrell.

Earlier this year, Income Data Services research into IT pay concluded that off shoring low level IT jobs to emerging countries like India and China has constricted the number of UK opportunities for home grown graduates.

In August, the confederation of British Industry (CBI) called for secondary school children in the UK to study three separate science courses to alleviate the shortage of employees in the IT and science sectors.

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