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Analysing the IT Skills Gap

With recent reports confirming record growth performance, the best for almost a decade, the IT and Technology sector entered 2014 in even better shape than in 2013. The economy’s improving state helped the industry rise above the 50.0 no-change threshold to a healthy 61.0 – hitting its 16th consecutive month of growth.

However like so many other sectors, the aftermath of the
recession has brought with it the concern of a skills shortage. As more and more jobs are created in the sector, recruiters are now progressively seeking applicants with high levels of specialised skills that will set them ahead of their competitors.
With skills shortage still topping the technology agenda,
according to the BBC website, the CBI is calling on the
government to cut university tuition fees for science and
maths degrees so that more students can learn the skills
needed. This will be a welcome boost and certainly help
the next generation of I.T. experts - allowing them to advance alongside the ever evolving world of IT and Technology!

It has been recommended that the UK government and employers invest more budget into training schemes both in and out of the work-place. With technology the most important cornerstone in modern day businesses, the need for a basic knowledge of ICT and technology is a prerequisite. Recently, North West trade body Manchester Digital brought students, organisations and digital professionals together for a free four day event to help tackle the continuing digital skills shortage in their region. It offered tours of local digital businesses, recruitment fairs and an opportunity for local school children to get hands-on digital experience – something which is bound to rouse interest, develop skills and retain faith. 

In addition to training for skills like the C# and .NET programming languages, expertise in website design and app development are likely to be in high demand. The need for basic training on these fundamental technologies, will help ensure the gap doesn't widen and cause further vacancies to remain unfilled.

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