Skills crisis thaws for IT as vacancies are filled

first_imgIT firms in the UK are finding it easier to fill vacancies because of thecontinuing economic downturn. Silicon.com’s fourth annual skills survey reveals that the proportion of UKbusinesses unable to fill IT posts has fallen to 17 per cent, from 39 per centlast year. However, the study also finds that 54.6 per cent of UK IT companies aremaking staff cutbacks because of the business climate. The report shows that project management and leadership roles are in moredemand than specific IT skills, with 36 per cent of firms reporting problemsfilling project management roles. More than a third have difficulty recruitingfor leadership posts. Tony Hallett, analysis and reports editor at silicon.com, said:”Although the majority of respondents still think there is a skillsshortage, the findings show that the skills crisis is really beginning tothaw.” Silicon.com’s survey of 8,000 IT professionals across the UK, France andGermany also reveals that UK IT professionals earn more and work longer hoursthan their counterparts in France and Germany. In all, 13.9 per cent of UK respondents earn more than £70,000 a year, and3.7 per cent have salaries of at least £110,000. This compares to ITprofessionals in France where just 4.6 per cent earn more than £70,000 and 1.5per cent have salaries above £110,000. In Germany the proportion of respondentsearning more than these amounts are 5.1 and 1.3 per cent respectively. Hallett said: “Employers do seem to get their pound of flesh in the UKmarket, with 15.5 per cent of IT professionals working 50 hours a week ormore.” www.silicon.com/skillssurvey2002By Quentin Reade Skills crisis thaws for IT as vacancies are filledOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more