Qualified IT worker? Fancy working in Europe? Come on over... but only to the UK, Italy and Germany.
According to a new report funded by the European Commission, the number of ICT jobs in Europe is growing by about 4 per cent per year. But the number of suitably skilled workers is not keeping pace and by 2015, it predicts a structural shortage of over 500,000 jobs caused by a lack of available talent.
But the biggest gaps are in the UK, Germany, and Italy, which together account for 60 per cent of all vacancies in Europe. Part of the problem according to respondents is that newly qualified worker lack the necessary life skills. Fifty-one per centof CIOs said recent graduates needed additional training in business and interpersonal skills.
However, it seems you can teach old dogs new tricks - 71 per cent said that experienced workers were able to keep their skills up to date through regular training. ®