IT may be making insufficient investment in skills
IT & lsquo;may be making insufficient investment in skills’
The UK IT sector may not be making the necessary investment in skills, with less than a quarter of workers saying they had received training in 12 weeks, compared to 27 per cent of staff across all industries, according to a report.
In research recently released by e-Skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, only 23 per cent of those with IT jobsreported that they’d received job-related education or training in the period October 2010 – December 2010. The figure for contractors and employers in micro/small firms was just 15 per cent.
According to the IT recruitmentresearch, released in the e-skills Bulletin, there were approximately 1,093,000 IT and telecoms professionals working in the UK during the final quarter of 2010, a record number.
“Access to skilled individuals is critical if we are to achieve the economic potential for the UK, and it is concerning that investment in training is declining,” said e-Skills CEO Karen Price.
“More needs to be done to make fit-for-purpose and affordable training available to employers, and particularly to small businesses.
“e-Skills UK and employers are working to achieve this through the National Skills Academy for IT. This initiative reflects the IT sector’s strong support for developing the skilled professionals that underpin its current and future growth."
Earlier this year, business leaders warned that the Government’s immigration policy, which includes a cap on skilled non-EU migrants, could damage the competitiveness of UK companies by restricting the flow of skilled technology workers.
"Of very great concern on my side is that the current efforts of this government to make it more and more difficult and restrictive [for skilled migrants to work in the UK] is not a good thing,” said Dr Richard Sykes, chair of the Outsourcing Group at tech trade body Intellect.
"We should have an absolute policy for qualified professionals of absolutely open borders because that's the nature of the UK economy.”
OECD statistics showed that the UK was a “prime location for offshoring,” Dr Skyes said in June.
"We run a massive balance of trade surplus in technology services,” he said.
“A lot more of the world offshores to the UK than the UK offshores to other parts of the world such as India."
Guy Bailey, principal policy adviser at the CBI, said there was evidence of some companies locating overseas, as it would be harder to bring non-European Economic Area workers into the UK, under the Government’s immigration changes."There is a perception from businesses and from those looking to invest in the UK that the Government is looking to make it very difficult to bring skilled workers into the UK,” he said.
Traditionally, there have been more skilled IT jobs in Londonas workers there can expect a higher salary compared to other parts of the UK.