Logica initiative to stem worker shortfall in IT

Logica is launching a region-wide initiative to address the growing demand for IT services in the Middle East, and is planning to recruit IT and engineering graduates from the Middle East for training within Logica in Europe.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  February 6, 2001

Logica is launching a region-wide initiative to address the growing demand for IT services in the Middle East. Logica is planning to recruit IT and engineering graduates from the Middle East to train within the company in Europe, before shipping them back to the region.

The initiative resulted from talks between Logica’s chief executive, Dr. Martin Read, and Egypt’s minister of communications and IT, Dr. Ahmed Nazif, and is part of the Egyptian government’s attempts to build an IT development hub in Cairo.

“Logica is seeing information technology and communications centres springing up around the region, from Egypt and Jordan through to Dubai. We’re offering Arab nationals the opportunity to benefit from our technical and industry knowledge especially what we’ve learned from more than 15 years of hands-on projects in banks, telcos, oil companies, and utility providers throughout the Middle East,” said Derek Kemp, CEO,
Logica, Middle East.

The initiative is also an important step in addressing the growing shortage of IT workers throughout the world. Analyst group IDC is estimating that by 2002 the demand for IT workers in Western Europe will outstrip supply by 23 per cent.

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