BCS: IT skills more important than infrastructure to UK recovery

Senior IT managers believe improving the IT skills of the workforce will help the UK economy more than improving the technology infrastructure, according to a British Computer Society survey.

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Senior IT managers believe improving the IT skills of the workforce will help the UK economy more than improving the technology infrastructure, according to a British Computer Society survey.

Sixty-five percent of IT managers want to see “a greater focus on education at all levels” and “more investment in developing IT skills”, found the survey. On Monday the BCS announced a relaunch with a focus on “more rigorous” IT qualifications.Improving the IT skills of the UK workforce is more important than improving the UK’s IT infrastructure in pulling Britain towards economic recovery, according to a British Computer Society survey.

Sixty-five percent of senior IT managers surveyed by the BCS want to see “a greater focus on education at all levels” and “more investment in developing IT skills”, found the survey.

On Monday the BCS announced a relaunch with a focus on “more rigorous” IT qualifications.

Some 51 percent of IT managers said it was very important to improve the “commercial focus” of IT qualifications to tackle specific business needs.

Asked which area of central government they would prioritise for IT spending, education came top, followed by health, crime and justice, and defence.

In terms of IT infrastructure, sixty-six percent of those interviewed said the national rollout of faster broadband was the most important factor.

The findings of the survey, conducted by Opinion Leader Research, were revealed today during a BCS panel debate attended by Stephen Timms, minister for Digital Britain, and Lastminute.com chief information officer Fin Goulding, among others.

IT managers were split on the economic prospects for the coming year. Fifty-four percent said they felt positive about the prospects for the IT industry this year, and 64 percent said they expected the country as a whole to emerge from the recession before the end of 2010.

David Clarke, chief executive at the BCS, said: “Investment in IT education and skills is essential if we are to turn a nascent economic recovery into a long-term competitive advantage. Our ability to process, share and manage information will determine the success of our society.

“To be successful, we need a high performing IT education system and a population with the IT skills to be productive, empowered citizens.”

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Some 51 percent of IT managers said it was very important to improve the “commercial focus” of IT qualifications to tackle specific business needs.

The education sector should be the top priority for IT investment, according to eight in 10 IT managers. Sixty percent said the health sector deserved a high priority for IT spending, 20 percent highlighted crime and justice, and 16 percent highlighted defence.

In terms of IT infrastructure, sixty-six percent of those interviewed said the national rollout of faster broadband was the most important factor.

The findings of the survey, conducted by Opinion Leader Research, were revealed today during a BCS panel debate attended by Stephen Timms, minister for Digital Britain, and Lastminute.com chief information officer Fin Goulding, among others.

IT managers were split on the economic prospects for the coming year. Fifty-four percent said they felt positive about the prospects for the IT industry this year, and 64 percent said they expected the country as a whole to emerge from the recession before the end of 2010.

David Clarke, chief executive at the BCS, said: “Investment in IT education and skills is essential if we are to turn a nascent economic recovery into a long-term competitive advantage. Our ability to process, share and manage information will determine the success of our society.

“To be successful, we need a high performing IT education system and a population with the IT skills to be productive, empowered citizens.”

Now read: BCS relaunch – The Chartered Institute of IT

BCS to focus on quality of IT professionals

British Computer Society beefs up top qualifications

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