Employers failing to train up underskilled IT professionals

Employers are taking on “sub-skilled” and doing little to boost their skills once they are in post, teh learning and skills council E-Skills UK has warned.

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Employers are taking on “sub-skilled” and doing little to boost their skills once they are in post, teh learning and skills council E-Skills UK has warned.

E-Skills UK figures show that skills shortages among companies that are recruiting IT staff are at a two-year low of 6%. But the same proportion of employers also reported skills gaps among their exisiting professional IT staff in teh last quarter of 2006, the latest issue of E-Skills UK’s ICT Inquiry report says.

The gaps centre on business-related and other non-technical skills, “which implies that employers are taking on sub-skilled staff and doing little to up skill them following their recruitment”, the report warns.

It highlights levels of business acumen among IT professionals, which were rated as “poor” or “very poor” by more than a quarter of the employers surveyed by E-Skills UK.

The report also notes that firms recruiting to fill IT positions are still overwhelmingly choosing experienced IT staff, with 76% of all recruits fitting this description. “This was found to be true for firms of all sizes/industry sectors,” it says.

But there were differences in recruitment patterns across sectors, with public serctor organisations less likely to take on contractors and companies in the IT industry more likely to recruit new IT graduates or post graduates.

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