UK skills back-to-front

IT workers in the UK might not be suited to their positions because they are lacking capabilities that are key in computing,...

IT workers in the UK might not be suited to their positions because they are lacking capabilities that are key in computing, according to a survey carried out by DTI workgroup SCALE21.

Compared to their US counterparts, UK IT professionals scored lower in arithmetic, logic and perfectionism - the qualities which ensure IT projects meet required standards - the survey revealed.

While UK IT workers were enthusiasts, good at talking up projects and telling others

what to do, they lacked leadership skills needed to direct IT projects and the steadiness to deliver them successfully, the report claimed.

"The research indicates that the balance is wrong - not marginally wrong, but back-to-front," said Charles Ross, chairman of the Real Time Club.

"Unless something changes, the skills gap will become ever wider."

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