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Survey looks at IT skills gap

April 28 2014

Most IT companies are struggling to fill certain positions, but the reasons behind their recruiting challenges are nuanced, according to a new survey by Sologig.com, CareerBuilder’s job site for computer and IT professionals. Fifty-three percent of information technology firms reported open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. But among those concerned about a skills gap, several causes are seen as driving factors.

“At the pace certain programming and development skills evolve, there’s no silver bullet for recruiting tough-to-fill technology jobs,” said Eric Presley, chief technology officer for CareerBuilder. “Employers have to constantly evaluate their talent needs through workforce planning and ensure their compensation is competitive enough to attract top talent. IT workers, meanwhile, must always be polishing their existing competencies and acquiring new ones to stay relevant.”

The survey asked IT employers, “What is causing the skills gap?” Answers included:

  • Gaps in expectations around wages: 40 percent
  • New and shifting technologies: 39 percent
  • Job requirements that are above entry-level: 38 percent
  • Education gaps in particular areas: 33 percent
  • Gaps in on the job training: 33 percent
  • Job requirements that are too specific: 29 percent
  • Outsourcing of jobs to other countries: 26 percent

Harris Poll conducted the online survey within the U.S on behalf of CareerBuilder among 240 information technology employers between Oct. 17 and Nov. 6, 2013.


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Richard Tate05/15/2014 05:05 am

Well I am also clear that not only are a lot of companies not willing to make the investment in their own people, but also they are stuck with a very out of date mindset on how to recruit people.

Off-shoring OR Permanent only? - Two main problems of recruitment choice.

Why not take people on a 6 month contract basis to get a project finished and delivered, keep your clients happy and then either make that person permanent in your team OR release them from your payroll.

There are modern and effective solutions to bringing quality youth into your organisations which are very effective!

Take a look at Capita's Novus Programme - Or give me a call on 01444 447 229

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GMerkel04/30/2014 01:32 pm

the trend for years now is to hire someone with recent skills/education rather than providing programs to keep their existing employees current. this is quite the opposite of past corp thinking. result - technology gap. management is unwilling to make the investment in their own people, then can't understand why they leave for better opportunity.

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