UK among European leaders in IT professional skills training

The UK provides considerably more training for IT professionals than most other European countries, according to findings published in the latest e-skills Bulletin. Around one in four IT professionals in the UK and Denmark (26% and 27% respectively) had received training in the preceding month, against a European average of around one in six (15%). The data is drawn from Eurostat research covering the original group of 15 EU member states.

Karen Price, CEO, e-skills UK said: “It is very encouraging that the UK is among Europe’s leaders in terms of investment in IT professional skills. This is reinforced by a recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)* which ranks the UK third worldwide in terms of IT professional skills, and fourth in terms of overall IT competitiveness.

“The UK starts from a position of considerable strength but it is vital that we do not become complacent. Our IT professionals are essential to the UK’s economic prosperity in a rapidly changing global knowledge economy. We must ensure they have, and can continue to develop, the skills they need. The importance of this cannot be overstated: the EIU report concludes that when it comes to global IT competitiveness, skills will increasingly be the basis of IT differentiation at country level.”