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October 3, 2017

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Skills shortage hitting Scottish tech firms, survey finds

Editor's Comments:  Scotland is an attractive place to do business but the UK-wide skills shortage coupled with Brexit is hampering growth because 1/3 of tech hires come from elsewhere in the European Union.  It will be interesting to see how all this plays out over the coming months.  

 

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A lack of suitable candidates for jobs remains a major concern for tech firms in Scotland, an industry survey has found.

 

The annual skills and recruitment survey by trade body Technology Scotland found that while employers believe the sector remains vibrant, and the country is an attractive place to do business, the UK-wide skills shortage is hampering growth.

 

Almost two-thirds of respondents claimed they had at least one vacancy in the past which they had been unable to fill within three months.

 

A similar number of businesses also reported they had internal skills shortages within their organization, ranging from specific technical knowledge to management.

 

The report also highlights “a worrying disconnect” between university focus and industry requirements, with 56 per cent of respondents believing graduates do not have the right skills set to add value to businesses once they join the workforce. Stephen Taylor, CEO of Technology Scotland, said that the results show that the sector remains “vibrant, active and resilient” despite recruitment challenges.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/skills-shortage-hitting-scottish-tech-firms-survey-finds-1-4464688

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