More than half of UK IT teams will struggle to find IT talent
Skills shortages in IT are nothing new however a recent study has further highlighted how concerns within the sector are at near critical levels. The research, which surveyed 630 IT leaders in the UK, US, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore, indicates that many organisations are at a tipping point, as new technology demands are set to outstrip the skills supply.
IT leader Brocade commissioned the study to which revealed how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands.
The survey shows a vast number of challenges facing IT teams ranging from limited budgets to the lack of decision making the IT department has. The country with the biggest staff issues is the UK with 42% of companies under resourced. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany showed to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the US. The UK lagged well behind with almost two thirds (63%) predicting they will struggle with a lack of IT talent in 12 months. Contributing factors identified from the research included skills shortages, the prevalence of outdated skills, lack of commitment to training at the corporate board level, and the constantly changing technology landscape.
Organisations are attempting to move their IT departments away from their traditional roles, but the lack of skills and the time required to learn those skills is proving problematic. IT decision makers believe this could be a major contributor to their inability to meet business demands, putting organisations at risk of falling behind their competitors and losing customers and market share.
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