Most of us in the UK IT industry are aware that we are facing a skills gap. The demand for expertise in analyzing big data continues to grow, while Brexit threatens to make it harder to bring in skilled people from elsewhere in Europe. The question we need to address is what we are going to do about it. How can we make sure that the UK economy is not held back by a failure to secure the right level of skills in our workforce?
This gap manifests itself in two different ways: new skills and traditional skills. First, there is a lack of new skills among programmers, particularly in the realm of big data analytics. It’s no use being able to store a vast amount of data if companies can’t use it to inform their business strategies.
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Second, there is a lack of traditional skills that centre on mainframes. Students frequently don’t have enough access to mainframe development tools, which can be problematic once they begin their careers given how many large companies rely heavily on these computers.
How far is Brexit to blame?
Brexit is undoubtedly a concern for the tech industry. Companies are bracing themselves for the end of free movement for EU citizens into the UK, and waiting to find out how many IT workers they stand to lose after Britain leaves.
A survey from recruitment firm Hired found that 70% of the UK’s technology workers are considering a move to other EU cities. Even more worryingly, the survey indicated that 85% of IT workers thought that Brexit would stifle innovation in the industry. Read the whole article