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It skills shortage 're-emerges'

Published: Monday, 11 February 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

There has been a significant increase in the shortage of IT professionals entering the sector from 4.2 per cent last year to 6.8 per cent, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by the National Computer Centre (NCC), found that the increase is the highest in the past ten years, with some 73 per cent of employers stating that they intend to re-skill and train existing staff.

Commenting on the importance of a skilled workforce, NCC head of content Ian Jones said: "With some skills moving into shortage, employers should be planning and budgeting for how best to acquire these skills now. It is an unwelcome message but they should be prepared for the extra cost."

However, salary increases in the industry are relatively stable, with a steady rise of 3.7 per cent which represents a small increase on last year, according to the survey.

The NCC is the single largest and most diverse corporate membership body in the UK IT sector.

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