UK firms turn blind eye to IT skills shortage

Companies reluctant to spend money on training staff despite growing skills gap.

The IT skills shortage is beginning to bite, but firms are still reluctant to splash out on training to help bridge the gap, according to the latest e-skills ICT Inquiry.

Recruiting systems design, systems development and support are the biggest problem areas, cited by the 1,000 firms in the survey. But 35% of the recruiters also noted a lack of business skills among applicants.

One in five recruiters reported trouble in finding applicants with the right IT and business skills.

Firms reporting a skills gap have grown modestly from 12% to 14% in the first quarter of 2006. But on an impact scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is no effect and 100 is company closure, firms put the impact factor at a worrying 48.

Quality is also a problem. For every advertised position, just 27% of the applications will fully match the requirements of the job description.

Despite the rise in recruitment problems, a fifth of firms will not be training staff over the next year.


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