74% of UK businesses find it hard to fill technical roles

According to a new report from Reconnix, 74% of current IT leaders have experienced difficulty recruiting staff with the necessary skills and experience they require.

The Gap Years study surveyed 100 UK-based IT leaders and contrasted opinions against a further 200 technology students and graduates to aggregate their thoughts on the issues affecting the current IT job market in the UK.

When asked on the issue of hiring qualified staff, only 12% of recruiters believed that there were ample candidates adequately skilled for the jobs on offer. This however is in stark contrast to the optimism of 82% of current technology students and graduates, who remain positive with regard to employment prospects despite employers’ belief that skills and experience are lacking.

Talent black spots named by employers included web application development, data analysis and internet and networking.

Pat Nice, CEO of Reconnix, said: “The technology sector is currently facing a massive challenge in finding the properly qualified staff it needs to grow. The UK tech sector has been one of the darlings of the UK’s economic recovery but its full potential will not be reached as long as companies face difficulty in filling key technical positions.”

“Optimism from current students and graduates is encouraging to see following years of uncertainty, but the reality is that many are not at the level that employers need them to be at. Graduates are leaving university with a broad understanding of technology, but lacking critical skills that employers actually require. Employers need to take a more hands-on approach to help develop talent in the industry, whether this is working more closely with education establishments or directly training through apprenticeship programmes.”

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