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78% of HR professionals struggle to recruit for IT specialist roles

IT specialist roles are high in demand, but HR professionals cannot find the candidates, according to InterQuest poll.

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UK businesses are struggling to recruit for IT roles with specialist skills, according to a survey from InterQuest Group.

The company’s poll of 200 HR professionals revealed 78% experiencing an increase in demand for candidates with specialist IT skills, however 64% said they are having trouble recruiting for roles related to big data (SAS, Vertica and Hadoop), HTML5, Javascript and Telecoms Protocol (iOS and Android).

Mark Braund, CEO at InterQuest, said more skilled staff are needed to keep up with the fast moving pace of the technology industry: “An issue occurs when, as we have found, organisations are not able to find employees with these specific abilities. New and emerging technologies represent some of the toughest challenges.  

“Our findings highlight the ongoing need for recruitment professionals who are focused exclusively within niche markets, who can recruit with genuine expertise in their sector.”

Recently The Commission on the Future of Higher Education called for a relaunch of the ‘polytechnic’ to address the skills gap by skilling up more students in vocational subjects.

According the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) 2013 Talent and Resourcing Survey, 46% of employers find technical specialists the second most difficult group to hire.

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