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December 2022

Tech skills problems continue

MicroScope’s sister publication, Computer Weekly, ran a story recently concerning the large number of businesses struggling with the effects of an IT talent shortage. Reporting on Nash Squared’s Digital leadership report, it noted that 68% of digital leaders surveyed in the UK said a lack of skills was standing in their way and 57% said they would never have access to enough tech staff. As well as struggling to find skilled IT workers, businesses also faced a battle to keep them. Digital leaders reported that they were losing about 11% of their team every year, many because employees were looking for – and being given – higher salaries elsewhere. However, businesses were sceptical that the situation could continue for much longer, with 63% of digital leaders believing that salary demands would become “unsustainable” in the future. The reason this story caught my attention was what it might mean for channel businesses. My initial reaction was to view the skills shortage as an opportunity for partners as the best means for ...

Features in this issue

  • Prices are rising and maybe that’s not so bad

    by  Billy MacInnes

    Life is getting more expensive and many will look to cut costs and reduce prices where possible – but in the channel it might be OK to do the reverse

  • Threat hunting for MSPs

    by  Iratxe Vazquez, WatchGuard

    Iratxe Vazquez, senior product marketing manager at WatchGuard, provides top tips for managed service providers to help their customers stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals

  • Tech skills problems continue

    by  Billy MacInnes

    It's a problems as old as the hills, but the pressure on skilled technical staff continues to cause headaches across the channel