Your Shout: On the state of the IT jobs market

Following what has been a tough 18 months for the IT industry, Maldwyn Palmer contemplated a career change and a move away from...


Following what has been a tough 18 months for the IT industry, Maldwyn Palmer contemplated a career change and a move away from IT.





Having seen most of my friends and colleagues being made redundant at one time or another but having escaped all the purges myself, for years I have lived with the fear that this year could be my last in IT and pondered what I would do afterwards.

Yet, I am still here. I know I have been lucky, much luckier than many of my colleagues. I am still the person my friends call if they have a problem with their PC or need advice and, in my fifties, I am currently helping to design and build a not insignificant J2EE application for a major corporation.

It is not all over for me with IT - not yet anyway. Hang on in there, it can still be an exciting place to work.

Mark Vincent, SureTrack development team, Electronic Services

The downside of all this is that computing science in its purest form is not at all popular among the student population of today.

One wonders what will happen in the future. After all, somebody, somewhere, will have to have specialist knowledge of computer systems. Or will all the stuff requiring true expertise be done by robots?

John Donaldson

I too work in IT and at 36 I am on the scrapheap. Although this is a personal blow, I am pleased that companies have stopped wasting hundreds of millions of pounds on IT projects that deliver very little extra efficiency, competitive edge or cost savings.

It is good news that the man on the street is now computer literate and society as a whole can benefit from the collective increased efficiency that this will bring.

Moreover, I hope that as a result of this companies will be more profitable and our pension funds might recover. On the other hand, if the corporates feel the need to blow more huge sums on some other "need to have, but don't want to know much about" cause, can someone please tell me what it is?

Alternatively, I will have to go in search of that million-pound book/screenplay that I always knew I could write but was too busy answering calls from cretinous users to get around to.

Simon, Brussels

There are still great efficiencies and savings to be made through the implementation of good IT strategies that are closely related to business needs. If we are truly to keep IT alive we should not walk away but use our brains to identify where we can further save our customers or employers money through the use of technology. The future is alive and well, it is simply time to justify our existence.

Phil Larkin

Every one should adapt to changing environmental conditions and circumstances. The least intelligent animals in the wild do this naturally.

IT is changing rapidly, and this fact is obvious for all to see. New cutting-edge technologies are emerging almost daily, and it is down to the individual to stay ahead of the race and adapt accordingly.

Due to the vast array of new technologies, it takes even the brightest of us hours to gain the required knowledge - time we do not have in today's marketplace. The older and more experienced should sell their skills to companies direct, thereby cutting the commission paid to agencies.

The days of excess are over, companies have seen their revenue drop significantly over the past two years, and would prefer to train on the cheap. Older, experienced IT gurus should go out and approach companies.

Lower IT costs are what is driving companies to to India and other former Eastern European countries.

Chris King


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