IT staff most in demand but skills gap remains, finds REC study

IT staff are the most in demand but a lack of skills persists, according to a study from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

IT and computing staff are the most in demand but a lack of skills persists.

IT and computing grew from being the second most in-demand skills area, out of ten key industry sectors in March 2012, to the first, according to the survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

This is the second consecutive month that IT and computing proved the strongest area of demand, according to the questionnaire, conducted by Markit from a panel of 400 UK recruitment and employment consultancies.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said recruiters are willing to pay better starting salaries to get the right talent, but are struggling to find people.

“It’s a worrying trend that is particularly problematic across IT and engineering and at senior levels in other sectors," said Green. 

"Persistent skills shortages in these areas could have a disastrous impact on critical infrastructure projects, especially if employers can’t find the talent they need to jump-start new ventures in energy, transport and construction.

“The government needs to build the talent pipeline for the future by increasing funding for apprenticeships in sectors where there is demand, refocusing the Work Programme to train people who have potential but who lack the skills to fill current vacancies and driving take-up for existing schemes like the Youth Contract."

According to European Commission figures, there will be 300,000-800,000 IT-related vacancies across Europe by 2015.


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thats because employers will not train to fit the role, and recruitment agencies have no idea in most cases what they are looking for...coupled with incomplete or non-existent job descriptions to candidates.

Also the local colleges do not seem to be up to the job of training or getting people onto their courses.

Employers seem to be after skills like MCP yet offer no means for employees to get them.

Same with the local colleges...the pathway to getting qualified just is not there!

So there will be a skills shortage.

Kevin Green needs to sort out his own house before telling us this.
The recruitment agencies are far from great in many cases despite being registered as REC compliant.