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Companies failing to address training gaps

Many businesses are failing to train their IT staff, despite having concerns over gaps in their portfolio of skills, research from E-Skills UK has revealed.

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Many businesses are failing to train their IT staff, despite having concerns over gaps in their portfolio of skills, research from E-Skills UK has revealed.

The survey of 800 IT employers found that 9% of firms believe their IT staff have gaps in their capabilities that affect the business.

But 55% of companies of all sizes and 20% of those with 200 or more staff do not have any training plans in place. About 7% of the organisations carry out no IT training at all.

Businesses are also failing to plan adequately for their long-term IT staffing needs, the research suggested.

Just 66% of small and medium-sized companies and 69% of large organisations have IT recruitment plans in place.

IT suppliers and public sector organisations were most likely to plan ahead, the survey found, with the private sector less likely.

Only 9% of organisations look more than a year into the future when planning their IT staff needs.
This was first published in June 2005

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