Lack of firm commitment to developing IT staff

Less than 10 per cent of UK organisations run a professional development scheme for their IT staff, according to research from the British Computer Society.


This is despite the fact that more than 80 per cent of UK employers consider it important to develop their IT staff’s professional skills.


The survey of more than 180 senior IT executives shows that almost one-fifth of organisations polled have spent £10,000 or more on professional development over the past 12 months while just over half have spent nothing or did not know how much they had spent.


“The figures show both sides of corporate attitudes to professional IT development in the UK,” said BCS professional director Malcolm Sillars.


“While increased professionalism in the industry is widely viewed as important, only a handful of employers are actively engaging in it,” he added.


 

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