Technology changes accelerate skills shortages

Sheer pace of change in IT is a significant factor in the labour shortage facing the industry, according to recruitment specialist Drake IT.

"With new technologies and systems becoming the order of the day, skills are rapidly becoming obsolete," said Richard Burley, general manager, Drake IT.

According to a quarterly survey of key industry trends just completed by Drake, "only a meagre 21 per cent of the companies surveyed consider that they have staff with the critical expertise to fulfil their duties, with the remainder of companies experiencing skills gaps of varying magnitudes across the board," Burley said .

Survey results reveal that seven per cent of companies report difficulties in attracting Network/LAN professionals while five per cent report problems finding helpdesk and support staff and database/RDBMS staff.

Other skill sets in hot demand, and attracting a premium, include PeopleSoft and C++ programming, internet programming, business modelling expertise, business analysis, and AS/400 skills.

NT skills were also highly sought after, but fewer than half of survey respondents said they would pay a premium for that skill set.

Meanwhile, object/oriented technology and workflow skills showed a drop in demand, according to the survey.

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