Will we really need high tech skills by 2010?

The widening technical skills gap could stymie the Middle East's growth potential, but are today's skills shortfalls what will be needed by the time education facilities change their courseware, or are we preparing the next generation with legacy skills?

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By  Colin Edwards Published  July 30, 2006

|~||~||~|So, Cisco in its IDC survey on the widening skills gap finds that the Middle East's growth potential could be stymied by the growing shortage of skilled network professionals. In other words, IT skills demand is outstripping supply. According to the research, a skills gap of around 27% at the end of last year could grow to as wide as 50% in some Middle East countries within a few years. Even in more IT mature countries, such as the UAE, there could be as many as 19,000 jobs unfilled by 2009. Alarmist? Well, maybe. Certainly the definition of a 'network professional' as explained by Cisco was a bit fuzzy. It assumed "anyone who spends 25% of their job in IT" is a skilled IT professional. That apart, Cisco did stress that the gap for advanced technical skills would be wider unless Governments begin to tackle the need for improved skills creation now. Of course as a company, it is prepared to support such initiatives wherever possible. The offer is partly altruistic and, of course, a means of ensuring the next generation of network professionals will be Cisco-enabled. This is all very well and laudable and certainly much-needed currently. But three years down the road it could be another matter especially in light of the technology on the horizon. Simpler plug-and-play deployments of even complex technologies, autonomic, self-healing systems, automated management, centralised environments and greater outsourced facilities to name a few of the technologies and services that are being rolled, could mean less not more skilled IT resources will be needed in the future. Also, by the time education facilities get around to incorporating needed courseware to meet today's IT skills gaps, they will be legacy skills. ||**||

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