I spoke to Jeff Brooks, the chairman of RECs technology group. He says there is a problem in the UK and that for years and years fewer people have been doing computer science degrees in the UK. He contrasts this with India where he says a lot of these skills have been developed. “We are not bringing through people that are ready for IT.”
He says there is a problem with how IT is perceived. The REC is currently doing research on this and is likely to publish the results next year.
He says there are a lot of project management and analyst skills likely to available soon as the public sector cuts jobs but skills in modern programming languages will remain in short supply.
Indian suppliers will pick up software skills slack if approached.
“Businesses will have to go offshore if they cannot get the skills in the UK,” says Brooks.
I wrote a blog post back in July, about an REC/KPMG study which said there was a shortage of .Net skills. I posted the blog on a LinkedIn group about offshoring to India and had a phenomenal response. If the UK can’t close these skills gaps offshore locations will.