What should the government do to create more IT professionals that have the skills required by businesses?

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I ran a survey a couple of weeks ago asking people for their views on the alleged shortage of business ready IT professionals in the UK.

It focussed on whether outsourcing, more particularly offshoring, is damaging the UK skills base. This followed comments made by John Harris, chairman of IT user group The Corporate IT Forum and chief architect and vice president of global IT strategy at GlaxoSmithKline.

It also asked people for their views on what the government should do to address the problem.

Banning offshoring and closing the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) immigration loophole are examples of comments received.

Here is the questionnaire if you can spare a minute to fill it out and below that are the results so far and some of the comments left.


The results and comments so far:

(49 respondents.)

Do you think IT outsourcing has contributed to a shortage of UK IT professionals?    
45 - yes
3 - No
1 - don't know

Do you think apprentice schemes are the answer to the skills gap?

25 - Yes
22 - No
Don't know - 2 
 
What do you think the government should do to create more IT professionals that have the skills required by businesses?

"Change what is taught in schools."

"Stop the majority of inter-Company transfers so that there are jobs for graduates."

"Crackdown on offshoring and onshoring."

"Encourage firms to develop their own talent."

"Allow training whilst unemployed. Don't make people lose out if they need to retrain."

"Reduce ICTs, provide tax breaks for taking on UK grads, pay towards tuition fees for students studying computer science."

"Limit the number of ICT visas."

"Nothing. The IT industry should produce its own professionals, like other professions."

"Stop importing inexperienced graduate trainees from India under the ICT scam and start giving UK graduates and experienced staff a chance instead."

"Encourage companies to on-shore their IT."

"Train people here, employ unemployed UK IT workers."

"The skills exist - IT people with 10+ tears are sitting at home right now!"

"Ban all offshoring of government contracts, add a tax to all transactions where companies send money offshore to reduce the financial benefit of offshoring work."

"Reverse offshoring."

"Don't let so many of the grounding skills be moved offshore. It is putting people off entering the IT industry."

"Limit immigration."

"No shortage exist. I know many people displaced from IT workers coming from India!"

"Be strong on reciprocal market access for UK firms abroad."

"Clarify rules on independent consultants."

"Ban ICTs."

"Further limits on ICTs."

"Apply resident labour market test to ICT workers working on client contracts in UK."

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If the government didn't actively collude in making experienced UK IT staff redundant and shipping work offshore, then maybe we wouldn't have to worry about creating more IT professionals. On the other hand, if all the jobs go offshore, I guess that means we won't be needing all those IT professionals anyway, eh?

The Guardian reported today that the government is still paying IT consultancies to create IT jobs in India working on systems for handling UK benefits. So if you are one of the 37,000 unemployed UK IT professionals (August 2011 figures), at least you can feel good about your benefits being managed by cheap IT offshore staff.

Who said irony is dead?

www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/mar/23/it-staff-india-benefits-system

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