Understand current and future skills and training needs

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Skills of the workforce

IT & Telecoms professionals are generally more highly educated than other workers

Though IT & Telecoms professionals/industry workers are a highly qualified group, the pace of change within this field is such that continual development and up-skilling are needed to retain employment and competitive delivery of IT & Telecoms goods and services. 

Why you need to know more about the skills of the workforce

  • On average, IT & Telecoms professionals are qualified to a higher level than other UK workers. 
    Just over 50% of IT & Telecoms professionals hold an undergraduate or higher level degree (or equivalent). Only 26% of those employed in other occupations are thought to do so. 
    Just over one in ten IT & Telecoms professionals think they lack sufficient sector knowledge / experience. 
    Just over one in ten employers consider there to be gaps in the skills of their IT Users. 
    IT & Telecoms related skills gaps are most likely to be in the area of Technical IT skills.
    Around one half of firms with IT & Telecoms related skills gaps are experiencing delays developing new products or services as a result. 
    Around 4.4 million development units * need to be delivered every year if the skills held by IT & Telecoms professionals are to remain in line with those needed by UK employers. 
    IT & Telecoms professionals in large firms are more likely to receive education / training than those working in SMEs (28% and 23% respectively)
    The South East of England and Northern Ireland are the only places where IT skills training is above the average.
    It is estimated that around 4.6 million people each year will undertake some form of IT user skills training. 
    On average, IT & Telecoms professionals are qualified to a higher level than other UK workers. 
  • Just over 50% of IT & Telecoms professionals hold an undergraduate or higher level degree (or equivalent). Only 26% of those employed in other occupations are thought to do so. 
  • Just over one in ten IT & Telecoms professionals think they lack sufficient sector knowledge/experience. 
  • Just over one in ten employers consider there to be gaps in the skills of their IT Users. 
  • IT & Telecoms related skills gaps are most likely to be in the area of Technical IT skills.
  • Around one half of firms with IT & Telecoms related skills gaps are experiencing delays developing new products or services as a result. 
  • Around 4.4 million development units * need to be delivered every year if the skills held by IT & Telecoms professionals are to remain in line with those needed by UK employers. 
  • IT & Telecoms professionals in large firms are more likely to receive education/training than those working in SMEs (28% and 23% respectively).
  • The South East of England and Northern Ireland are the only places where IT skills training is above the average.
  • It is estimated that around 4.6 million people each year will undertake some form of IT user skills training. 

* One development unit equates to a movement of one level in one sub-skills group of the IT Professional Standards.

Read more in the Technology Insights 2012 reports.

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