Employers groups are backing a competency framework for IT professionals which aims to make it easier for IT staff and employers to identify and develop management and people-focused skills.
The IT Professional Competency Framework, launched last week with the backing of the British Computer Society and the Confederation of British Industry, follows rising demand for staff with both business and technical skills.
The model should make it easier for employers to identify and recruit staff with the right management and people skills, said sector skills council E-Skills UK, which developed the framework.
"The IT Professional Competency model will enable employers to understand clearly what someone should be able to do and the standard of performance they can expect, supporting recruitment, performance management and staff development," said E-Skills UK chief executive Karen Price.
IT professionals will be able to use the model to help them plan their career paths and identify areas where they could benefit from training.
The organisations backing the framework believe it will enable employers, recruitment companies and training organisations to use a common language to describe the management and communication skills of potential recruits.
The framework is designed to sit above the Skills Framework for the Information Age, which helps employers and staff manage and develop their technical skills.
The scheme has received the backing of Kate Davis, director of the government IT profession, who said it was likely to be adopted by government departments.
"There are nearly 50,000 IT professionals working across central government and the public sector in a wide variety of roles. They need and want a government-wide programme that sets high standards of performance and development," she said.
David Clarke, chief executive of the BCS, said the framework would help employers to align their development programmes to meet their business requirements. "There is a growing need for structured development programmes for IT professionals, particularly in the light of offshoring," he said.