E-skills pours cold water on UK IT skills shortage claims

This blog has featured many articles and views on the debate about wheter there “is or isn’t an IT skills shortage in the UK?”

I cannot avoid writing about this debate because proponants of offshoring often use the apparent shortage of UK IT skills as a reason to send work overseas.

There are good arguments made about the shortage of particular skills, but IT professionals in their thousands find themselves out of work.

This week one of my colleagues wrote a story about the latest stats from e-skills, which suggested that in the first alf of last year, when there were claims of a shortage, there was excess supply of IT professionals in the UK.

“…75,000 jobseekers plus 37,000 unemployed IT professionals led to an excess supply of 18,000 “ready candidates” in the market for the second quarter of 2010,” redfas the article.

Here is Jenny Williams’ full article.

Also see the survey promoted by this blog last month which revealed some interesting facts and views from within the IT sector.