UK IT bodies and trade associations are to consult their members on ways to raise levels of professionalism in the industry. Various organisations aim to unveil proposals for increasing IT professionalism by the autumn.
The British Computer Society, sector skills council E-Skills UK, Intellect and the National Computing Centre will consult with their members over plans to establish a core body of knowledge that will underpin the work of all IT professionals.
The proposals will coincide with the launch of the government's plans to raise IT professionalism in the public sector.
"IT professionals need a core body of knowledge to know where the boundaries of their professionalism lie. IT has never had that," said Colin Thompson, director for the Professionalism in IT programme at the BCS.
The BCS is developing eight professional specialisms that will define all IT jobs.
The NCC and Intellect are working on raising IT professionalism in businesses by focusing on people and processes.