Hiring new employees for understaffed IT departments in the coming year will be hindered by a lack of qualified candidates, according to research.
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The majority (59%) of IT managers surveyed by industry body CompTIA said its IT department was understaffed and planned to recruit in 2011. But two-thirds voiced concerns about finding new employees next year, while 31% said they will struggle to retain existing workers.
The research found the most in-demand skills are project management, database administration, business intelligence, PC and technical support, cloud/software-as-a-service as well as network administration, virtualisation and security.
Most recruiting IT managers (78%) said candidate certifications and experience are a high or medium priority in hiring.
Matthew Poyiadgi, european vice president of CompTIA, said, "There is clearly some concern about meeting skills demand of the future, and training and certification is recognised by both business and government as key to meeting these challenges.
"I appreciate that these are hard times, but I strongly urge those who aren't doing so to look at ways they can upskill their workforce to ensure they keep up with the rapidly changing nature of IT."
CompTIA's research surveyed hiring IT managers in 1,385 IT companies across the globe, including 350 in the UK.