Only handful of firms engage in professional development, survey finds

Less than 10% of user organisations run a professional development scheme for their IT staff, despite more than 80% of UK...

Less than 10% of user organisations run a professional development scheme for their IT staff, despite more than 80% of UK employers consider it important to develop their IT staff’s professional skills, a study has found.

The survey was jointly conducted by the British Computer Society and InfoBasis, a skills management provider.

Almost one-fifth of organisations polled had spent £10,000 or more on professional development over the past 12 months while just over half had spent nothing or did not know how much they had spent.

"The figures show both sides of corporate attitudes to professional IT development in the UK," said Malcolm Sillars, BCS professional director. "While increased professionalism of the industry is widely viewed as important, only a handful of employers are actively engaging in it."

The survey of IT decision makers was conducted via an internet poll of 3,000 IT decision makers and drew 183 responses invited to participate by e-mail.

Almost two in three IT practitioners are now aware of the British Computer Society and its relevance to the IT profession, according to its latest public profile survey; a substantial increase since the Society embarked on a new membership recruitment campaign last year.

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