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Study Finds IT Skill Gaps

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cloudy
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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
cloudy   3/31/2012 11:42:36 AM
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So what you mean here is that there is the demand for both the catogories but employers hold the key is it ?

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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
nima1982   3/24/2012 11:26:05 PM
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It can be both. With the situation right now, thee are lots of people outside waiting fo jobs. So the demand can be created o fullfilled via providing high restrictions related to work as well as salary.

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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
cloudy   3/24/2012 6:45:17 AM
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Yes there is a big demand but why do you think with lot of restrictions ? IS it  related to work or salary ?

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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
nima1982   3/24/2012 12:31:16 AM
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Tom, I clearly see that there is a big need but with lot of ristrictions and insecuity. That is the issue I see right now.

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Re: Company Training: Little Support is the Norm
kdawson   3/20/2012 10:10:40 PM
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I don't know if there is a correlation between bad economic times and a widening skill gap but it sure seems like it.

Makes total sense. When money is tight, training may get cut and skills go farther out of date. 

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Company Training: Little Support is the Norm
Agile   3/20/2012 7:47:16 PM
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This question of IT skill gap has been on the rise for quite some time now.  I don't know if there is a correlation between bad economic times and a widening skill gap but it sure seems like it.

 

"About 29 percent cited low IT pay in some areas and the difficulty this creates in attracting and retaining skilled staff."

I find this interesting because these same managers know they are not paying the going rate to new employees regardless of skill and/or experience.   

Throughout my career I have received very little company back training and when I did - it didn't seem to be of much value.  Perhaps I am a traditionalist and need the comforts of some sort of University structure, or even the rigorousness of my own induced study.   I have taken this to be a given, I have never depended on the company to keep me up to date, but technology is changing so quickly it is very hard to keep up on all fronts.


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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
Tom Murphy   3/20/2012 11:36:17 AM
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@Nima1982: On the upside, if there is a need in industry for more skills, there should be opportunities for many of those workers who've been laid-off or are just leaving school with new skills.  I hope so!

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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
nima1982   3/17/2012 8:30:04 AM
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Indeed, there is a huge gap for IT skills but with the current economic downturn things will make worse ather than improve.

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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
Tom Murphy   3/16/2012 12:16:17 PM
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@Karl:  Managers, in tech and elsewhere, are often focused on their next big challenge, so they tend to under-value the staff they have and those workers with strong skills in long-accepted technologies. They also tend to keep existing workers focused on what they are doing instead of preparing them for what is going to happen next.  Hence, when they see new technologies on the horizon, they say "we lack the skills to do that."  It's their own darn fault.  I'm a deep believer that managers should invest 10-20 percent of their budget and staff time to building the strength of their team to prepare the next big thing. Otherwise, they are perpertually in the state of lacking the skills they need to move forward -- and that is reflected in this survey.

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Re: Impact from last decade's outsourcing?
Pierre DeBois   3/15/2012 9:28:11 PM
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I think your belief is well earned, Keith, particularly if deployment did not yield the expected return.  It may have also distorted a sense of value - what skill would bring the best value to my organization long term.  

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