75% of GCC executives view IT competence as business driver

More than 74% of business in the Middle East now have formal policies around certifications, CompTIA study says

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75% of GCC executives view IT competence as business driver 79% of employers in the Middle East are concerned about skills when hiring IT professionals.
By  Tom Paye Published  April 1, 2015

Three-quarters of business executives in the GCC see IT training and competence as a key driver for the success of their businesses, according to new research from IT industry association CompTIA.

According to the survey, more than 74% of business in the Middle East, and 84% in the UAE, have formal policies covering the IT certifications required in the company. Despite this, the survey showed that businesses are still concerned about acquiring the right mix of IT skills. According to the results, 79% of employers in the Middle East, and 65% in the UAE, are concerned about skills when hiring IT professionals.

Meanwhile the survey also showed that seven in 10 Middle East executives believe that the cyber threat is increasing, and an additional 27% believe that human error is a growing factor in security incidents, with the failure of individuals to follow the correct processes and procedures, and the lack of understanding about new threats.

The skills issue is becoming more pressing, the report said, as more than 81% of companies in the Middle East are planning to hire IT workers in 2015. According to Graham Hunter, vice president of skills certifications EME at CompTIA, companies will need to pay close attention to professional certifications when hiring new IT staff.

"Professional certifications - credentials that signify an individual's validated competency in particular aspects of technology - have long been a cornerstone of the IT workforce. In fact, the unique role of certification in the IT field is changing," he said.

"Hiring managers and HR professionals believe having IT job candidates with industry certifications saves time and resources in evaluating applicants, ensures a candidate's credibility and demonstrates that they have a baseline set of knowledge. The executives we've surveyed in the region say certified IT professionals get up to speed more quickly, are more likely to stay with the company long term, have a higher likelihood of being promoted, and generally perform better than non-certified IT staff."

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