Wednesday 18th June 2008
Skills shortage for jobs in IT
More people are needed to do IT jobs in the computer industry to plug an emerging skills gap, according to reports.
A report by the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK (CPHC) revealed that 200,000 new jobs in IT will be created by 2016 but the number of people graduating from higher education IT courses is falling.
Women are being encouraged about the benefits of IT jobs as females only make up 16 per cent of the IT workforce, according to reports.
Maggie Berry, director of Womenintechnology, said: "There are some fantastic jobs in IT that are well paid, varied and interesting. It is a shame that few women realise this."
Jobs in IT are not always restricted to the office and those who get IT jobs often enjoy flexibility in their work.
"IT roles are often not office- or time-based, and in fact I often think that some people would get more done at home, without all the distractions in the office," said Rob Chapman, chief executive of IT education company Firebrand Training.
One in five Britons cannot open a word processing document or use email, according to research by the Times.