London Olympics causes IT skills crisis

An IT skills trend report from the Institute for Management of Information Systems recommends IT directors and senior IT managers start training and retention programmes now in preparation for a skills squeeze in 2008 to 2010.

An IT skills trend report from the Institute for Management of Information Systems recommends IT directors and senior IT managers start training and retention programmes now in preparation for a skills squeeze in 2008 to 2010.

A combination of the Olympics and a government pre-election push to deliver high-profile projects, such as ID cards and NHS initiatives, will ramp up IT skills demand during that time.

“Those who do not start planning reskilling and retention programmes for existing staff this spring will therefore face growing problems from spring 2008 onwards,” the report says.

Lower-costs salaries abroad have also affected the UK job market, finds the survey. Salaries for technical jobs are dropping, as companies choose to offshore. But demand is at a premium for staff with training and experience in managing relationships and identifying applications requirements.

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