tif advises members to be more creative

Despite the success of a handful of government schemes to end the skills shortage in the IT industry, there are calls for those...

Despite the success of a handful of government schemes to end the skills shortage in the IT industry, there are calls for those in the industry to be more proactive and to stop waiting for outside help.

The Infrastructure Forum (tif), a corporate IT director user group, has called on its members to think more creatively about how to retain key staff and has set out three areas that its members, which include IT directors from most of the major UK blue chip companies, should concentrate on improving.

The group advises members to work more closely with HR departments to ensure existing staff are given access to career development to encourage them not to leave; to place more emphasis on the training of staff, rather than bringing in consultants; and to consider creative options, including home working and off-shore outsourcing.

David Roberts, chief executive at the Infrastructure Forum, claimed it was asking its members to work with HR departments to try to advertise the benefits of working in a corporate IT department.

"We believe corporate IT has got to work with HR to make as much noise in the market as the supplier community does," he said.

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