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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.
* 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.