CompTIA report explores the IT skills gap in organisations

Of the 600 executives surveyed for the report, 46% believe skills shortcomings in their organisations has grown in the past two years.

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CompTIA report explores the IT skills gap in organisations Carrado: "Organisations testing the waters with the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other emerging technologies face even greater skills gaps due to the fast-moving nature of these innovations."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 4, 2017

A recent survey released by CompTIA, a global technology association, revealed a growing skills gap in organisations from across the world.

CompTIA's report, Assessing the IT Skills Gap, which surveyed 600 executives in different countries, found that 46% of organisations have experienced a growth in skill shortcomings over the past two years.

The skill gap is not exclusive to technology alone, the report finding skill shortages in marketing, business development, sales, customer service, operations, as well as accounting and finance.

Charles Eaton, CompTIA's executive vice president for social innovation and CEO of Creating IT Futures, said: "The ‘skills gap' is often a catch-all phrase for other workplace challenges, such as a labor supply gap or generational differences in work styles.

"But whatever the cause there is clearly a wide chasm between the skills employers want and their perception of the skills their workers have."

CompTIA's report highlighted the impact of skills shortages, which include lower staff productivity, sales, as well as delays in the development and introduction of new services and products. This in turn would lead to the loss of competitive edge and market share against competitors.

Despite these obvious challenges, CompTIA found that only one in three organisations reported having a support mechanism for addressing skill shortages.

The rapid evolution of technology has only further exacerbated the issue as companies struggle to keep their employees up to date on the latest hardware and software.

Amy Carrado, senior director, research and market intelligence, CompTIA, shared: "Organisations testing the waters with the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other emerging technologies face even greater skills gaps due to the fast-moving nature of these innovations.

"It takes time for training materials to reach the market and for opportunities to gain hands-on experience to arise."

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