IT directors struggling to find skills mix

IT directors are struggling to recruit staff with the right mix of business and technology skills, as fewer graduates opt for a career in IT, according to research by Gartner.

IT directors are struggling to recruit staff with the right mix of business and technology skills, as fewer graduates opt for a career in IT, according to research by Gartner.

The findings were revealed in the UK breakdown of the analyst firm's global survey of IT directors' priorities for 2006, which polled 1,400 CIOs.

In Gartner's UK list of leading business and technology priorities, a shortage of the right business skills in IT featured at number 10. Gartner analyst Marcus Blosch said the entry was testament to the scale of the problem faced by UK CIOs.

"Among UK technologists, the kind of business skills firms want are in short supply," said Blosch.

"That desire for new skills in the IT workforce, such as relationship management, also raises the question of what firms will be able to offer technologists in the future. It would appear that there is no obvious career path for them."

On the subject of technology, Gartner's worldwide CIO survey found that using business intelligence applications for competitive advantage was the top priority globally for 2006, but in the UK enabling mobile working came out on top.

 

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