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Are governments doing enough to help businesses recruit IT and Telecom skills No says Darwin

Are governments doing enough to help businesses recruit IT and Telecom skills – & lsquo;No’ says Darwin Recruitment.

A series of surveys conducted across Europe by IT recruitment firm Darwin reveals the issues businesses are facing with nearly 70% of respondents claiming that their government could do more to help them.

The telecommunications industry is facing a crisis - the demand for skilled engineers and technicians is out stripping supply. There are not enough workers of the calibre and experience to create the next generation of super highway networks, connectivity, applications and devices to meet global business and consumer demand. In a market obsessed by more connectivity, faster communications, bigger data, smarter analytics, and deeper intelligence, the IT & Telecoms sector never ceases to stop innovating to bring enterprise services and consumer customers what they want. But the global industry is suffering from skills shortages, that governments, educators and businesses need to address.

In a series of surveys conducted across five European countries with a sample of respondents that included savvy tech recruiters, 82% had already made offers to people to work in different geographic locations from where they are currently based. “Our research shows that European firms want more. They are extremely willing to relocate people and businesses generally won’t pay above a benchmarked rate. But this is not the biggest issue in places where salaries are higher and social care better” says Paul Kirby, CEO and Joint founder of Darwin Recruitment.

In terms of willingness to relocate technical skills one third of respondents from the businesses interviewed were extremely or very willing to relocate permanent staff, this sentiment only slightly lower for temporary workers at just under a quarter. Only 2% said that they would be unlikely to for permanent staff rising to 9% for temporary. “For tech roles the majority of companies tend to peg to local salaries with only occasionally paying a premium for really sought after skills. Many European firms still rely on the benefits of the geographic location, tax incentives, training and other welfare benefits of the package” says Paul. Nearly 40% of respondents felt that their company was not doing enough to attract key skills

Darwinhead hunts for people in the closed market across 11 European countries. Opening its first European office in Amsterdam in 2011 it is now set to expand this further with plans to have a presence in 8 core territories within the next three years.

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