Project management tops skills in demand at large firms

Project management is the most in-demand skill among IT workers, topping the list at 64% of companies.

According to a survey by training company Parity,...

Project management is the most in-demand skill among IT workers, topping the list at 64% of companies.

According to a survey by training company Parity, almost 75% of UK companies will be investing in project and programme management training for employees in the coming year.

However, the study, which questioned 225 IT professionals at 50 large UK companies, also revealed that 66% of them are too busy at work to undertake as much training as they would like.

"There is clearly demand among IT staff for learning and development in areas that are integral to the success of the business," said Rick Firth, managing director at Parity Training.

"But somewhere along the line, something is going wrong. If staff want to continue their professional development, and companies are making training available, there is no reason for them to miss out. Perhaps employers need to take a stronger line and incorporate training into staff contracts and workloads."

Survey results:

What training courses are most in demand?

* Project and programme management - 64%

* Business systems analysis and development - 36%

* Management, leadership and personal development - 36%

* Technical and end user - 35%

* Service management - 21%

* Other - 1%

What skills do you expect to train in over the next two years?

* Project and programme management - 72%

* Service management (ITIL) - 42%

* IT operations - 23%

* Programming - 21%

* Architecture - 15%

* Security - 13%

* Other - 5%

What are the greatest challenges facing personal professional development?

* Too busy at work - 67%

* Too busy at home - 44%

* Lack of funding for training and development - 39%

* Lack of availability of a learning style that suits me - 13%

* Other - 4%

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