Employment is down but skills gaps persist

Skills shortages in certain areas of IT continue to grow as training opportunities fall and skilled candidates reject the...

Skills shortages in certain areas of IT continue to grow as training opportunities fall and skilled candidates reject the industry, according to a new report.

The latest quarterly review of the IT labour market from E-Skills UK showed that 40% of workers with IT-related degrees are not presently working in the industry. Meanwhile, the number of staff in the IT and telecoms industries who have received job-related training in the previous four weeks has fallen for the third consecutive quarter.

The reduction in training among telecoms staff was most marked, down from 19% to 15% over the first quarter of 2003. The figure for IT firms dipped from 13.5% to 12.5%. The average for all UK firms was 15%.

The number of companies reporting difficulties recruiting IT staff in the first quarter also rose - from 2% to 3.5% - with staff with good sales skills hardest to source, followed by staff with good technical IT skills.

Peter Hounsome, a researcher at E-Skills UK, admitted that some of the data can look quite depressing.

"That figure of 40% is quite a concern for the industry. For the UK in general, I think it is important to turn around these people who have been trained up to enter the industry," he said. "Overall, the report shows the industry is still facing a lot of problems."

The survey showed that levels of training, pay and employment opportunities in IT continue to fall as private sector investment in the industry declines.

It identified a "slight" decline of £75m (3%) in private sector investment in IT hardware and software during the first quarter of 2003. The hardware market was hardest hit (down £66m), while manufacturing was the sector most severely affected, with investment down £74m (19%) on the previous quarter.

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