More training needed to combat skills gap, say IT staff

The IT skills gap is growing, according to IT staff, and more training from employers is needed to combat it.

The IT skills gap is growing, according to IT staff, and more training from employers is needed to combat it.

Staff quizzed on the topic for a survey said the skills shortfall is partly down to the sector lacking enough people. They also think the IT sector changes rapidly, making it hard to fill spaces.

Nearly three quarters of respondents said they believe the skills gap exists, and 70% believe better training from employers is needed to combat the problem and make sure IT departments and companies keep up with the sector's rapid changes.

Just over 44% say outsourcing can cover the shortages. Most agree the skills gap is not a problem confined to the UK, with 88% saying it exists in other countries.

Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, which conducted the survey, said, "The IT sector is a rapidly evolving one, and it is down to employers to invest in their staff, both via systems and training, to ensure they stay up-to-speed with the changes."

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