Citrix: Bridging the IT Skills Gap: Why We Need to Create a Multigenerational Workforce
The UK is teetering on the edge of a tech skills shortage that could explode at any moment. The scale of the problem is vast: at any one time, there is a shortfall of around 40,000 people, which is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year. A Digital Skills for the UK Economy report released by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills at the start of 2016 found that across the board of businesses in all sectors, says 72% of large companies and 49% of SMEs are suffering from an IT skill gap. A British Chambers of Commerce study pegs this even higher, with three in four UK businesses reporting a digital skills shortage to some extent.
What’s more, advancements in technology are accelerating at such a phenomenal rate that experts say we’re likely to experience 200 centuries worth of progress in the next century alone. We, as humans can adapt, but not in a way that will match such exponential growth. It is therefore imperative that we act quickly and focus on creating the right multigenerational teams that will help us fill the hole, supported by the right tech, the right space, and in particular the right culture.
There are five crucial elements we need to consider:
- Stop stealing!
The skills gap I mention above is widening as I write; research by Engineering UK claims an additional 1.8m technically qualified people will be needed by 2025. But instead of focusing on growing new talent, we’re satisfying ourselves with stealing from the UK’s limited pool of tech talent. It’s a short-term mentality, and the shortage of applicants for jobs is leading to wage inflation, rising costs, reduced innovation and the UK tech industry will become less competitive in an increasingly competitive global market.
Read the entire article here, Bridging the IT Skills Gap: Why We Need to Create a Multigenerational Workforce
Via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.