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IT Skills Gap widens Says InterQuest

IT Skills Gap widens Says InterQuest

HR professionals having difficulty finding candidates with specific skills

In the past 12 months, there has been a continuum of debate surrounding the UK IT skills gap issue. A recent survey conducted by leading IT and analytics staffing organisation, InterQuest Group, has revealed that the majority of organisations are experiencing an increase in demand for specialist skills, coupled with organisational difficulties in recruiting for those roles.

InterQuest’s research polled 200 HR professionals, which found that 78% said they are experiencing an increase in demand for candidates with specialist IT skills, such as Big Data (SAS, Vertica & Hadoop), HTML5, Javascript and Telecoms Protocol (iOS & Android). In what is a proving to be a significant issue in the HR sector, almost as many (64%) said that they were having difficulty recruiting for candidates with these expertises. InterQuest’s findings are concurrent with recent observations of recruitment in the IT sector made by Pressat who recently said:

“News of the expanding IT skills gap is hard to avoid, particularly in the last few weeks with the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda highlighting the situation as a pan-European issue.”

The commission on the Future of Higher Education set up by the Institute for Public Policy Research recently called for the relaunch of the & lsquo;polytechnic’ to address the problem of vocational skills gaps. This is supported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) 2013 Talent and Resourcing Survey, which found that technical specialists are the second most difficult group to hire, according to 46% of employers.

On the issues regarding recruiting talent with specialist IT skills, InterQuest’s CEO Mark Braund said:& lsquo;& lsquo;Technology in today’s society is evolving at a rapid rate and subsequently organisations that use technology, especially for competitive advantage, need access to more and more skilled staff to support this development. An issue occurs when, as we have found, organisations are not able to find employees with these specific abilities. New and emerging technologies represent some of the toughest challenges.  

“Our findings highlight the ongoing need for recruitment professionals who are focused exclusively within niche markets, who can recruit with genuine expertise in their sector. At InterQuest, our recruitment teams are structured with precisely this in mind: niche focused consultants providing specialist insight and access to talent in the market.”


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