Has the UK IT profession reached the point of no return?

The IT profession in the UK needs to change if it is to be a leader in the global economy as a confluence of technological and economic factors look set to change the role of the UK IT professional.

The IT profession in the UK needs to change if it is to be a leader in the global economy as a confluence of technological and economic factors look set to change the role of the UK IT professional.

The recent recession, as well as advances in technology such as cloud computing, have shaken the traditional view of IT.

A survey of IT professionals, created by a reader and promoted by Computer Weekly blog Inside Outsourcing, asked UK IT professionals to give details of their own careers and the IT strategies of their employers, with the aim of shedding light on the UK IT skills shortage debate.

In total, 170 UK IT professionals completed the questionnaire, which has revealed how corporate attitudes to in-house IT teams have changed as the use of outsourcing has increased.

Lower pay, reduced training opportunities and the large-scale offshoring of work is creating doubts about the long-term viability of a career in IT for many IT professionals.

Perhaps the most startling of findings is that over a quarter (28%) of respondents do not expect to be in the IT profession in five years time.

The survey has revealed discontent in the ranks of the UK IT profession as pay rates have stagnated, job losses increased and training, so vital in IT, being withdrawn by employers.

Is it a point of no return or is it time, as many survey respondents and the BCS have said, to up-skill? A Luddite uprising in the IT sector will not change anything, but a level playing field, in pay terms, between UK and offshore workers onshored to the UK, would help according to many.

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