IT experience “more important than qualifications”

A survey conducted by the British Computer Society (BCS) shows that too many organisations still believe that IT management experience is more important than qualifications.

A survey conducted by the British Computer Society (BCS) shows that too many organisations still believe that IT management experience is more important than qualifications.

Almost 90% of organisations stated that it was the experience of their IT managers that was important to them rather than their IT qualifications (41%).

When recruiting IT managers, 69% of companies put a high importance on the IT knowledge of the applicant compared with 51% who rated management knowledge highly.

However, the survey also revealed that the majority of organisations did not use a professional development scheme for their IT managers.

Responding to the survey results, BCS chief executive David Clarke said, “It is vital for British organisations to better gauge IT management skills using exacting qualification benchmarks.”

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