Telecoms escapes skills shortage

The telecoms industry appears to be escaping the IT skills gap afflicting other industrial sectors, new research has revealed.

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The telecoms industry appears to be escaping the IT skills gap afflicting other industrial sectors, new research has revealed.

The latest telecoms bulletin from learning and skills council E-Skills UK shows that the telecoms industry is only around a third as likely to suffer skills gaps as other parts of the economy.

Just 6% of telecoms employers reported skills gaps – mismatches between available staff skills and those required by the business - among their IT and telecoms professionals and IT users in the second quarter of 2006. The figure is sharply lower than the 17% of employers reporting IT skills gaps across industry.

The telecoms sector is also suffering less of a gap in telecoms specific skills, with 7% of employers reporting problems, compared with 11% of employers across the economy.

The bulletin also revealed that the number of telecoms professionals working in all industry sectors in the UK rose by around 15% between the first and second quarters last year, with the number of telecoms managers rising even more sharply, with a 20% increase.

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