IT skills shortage at two-year low

UK employers are finding it easier to hire staff with the right IT background, resulting in a two-year low for figures on skills shortages, according to e-skills UK.

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UK employers are finding it easier to hire staff with the right IT background, resulting in a two-year low for figures on skills shortages, according to e-skills UK.

Just 6% of IT employers questioned said they were experiencing difficulties in finding workers with the right IT skills, qualifications or experience in the third quarter of 2006 – the second lowest figure in two years.

However, businesses are still concerned about the lack of personal and communication skills exhibited by candidates applying for IT jobs.

Nearly a third of IT recruiters surveyed by e-skills UK said the level of personal skills on offer from candidates was below that required by their business.

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