What's Needed Now Is a Hybrid Skills Set; Research by the National Computer Centre Shows That Demand for IT Professionals Is Nearly 7%greater Than Supply. Helen Nutton, a Principal Consultant at Micross IT, Advises How to Tackle the Skills Shortage
THE future does indeed look bleak for the IT market, both for people looking for a job, and hiring managers looking for skilled staff.
The pool of skilled candidates considering a move has never looked so bare.
Many believe that in light of this current shortage, we should be reviewing the current skills in-house and re-training from within to develop the people already committed to the company.
However, figures from the TUC claim that more than a third of employers don't offer training to their workforce, while only11.5%of those who are trained receive a nationally recognised qualification.
It's not just technical skills that are a requirement these days, IT workers need to add non-technical skills to their CVs to operate efficiently in today's business environment.
Skills requirements are becoming broader and the lines between traditional IT roles are becoming blurred. We are seeing a need for a hybrid skill set which prioritises communication, negotiation and project- based skills on a par with technical knowledge.
Providing formal training for staff, and offering the larger compensation packages that this inevitably requires in order to reward an increased skill set, has historically been so much more expensive than bringing in fresh blood and is an extra cost for which many employers may not have budgeted. There are many companies which will have to take the buzzwords of "training", "mentoring" and "developing" their staff, and invest considerable time and money into making it a measurable reality.
However, training staff in-house doesn't replace the need for effective recruitment practices. There is no question that recruiting new people into a business is always going to be necessary. Fresh blood, new ideas and different experiences are how a business moves forward and going too far away from this means that a company becomes insular and will eventually stagnate. …