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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