Employees' IT Skills More Important Than Hardware Upgrades Says BCS Report

A majority of IT managers in the UK called for enhancing IT skills of workforce rather than revamping technology infrastructure to pull the country out of the clutches of the prevailing economy crunch, a recent survey revealed.

The survey was conducted by the British Computer Society (BCS); it recently introduced a handful of key measures aimed at aligning UK professionals’ IT skills with the requirements of modern businesses and rebranded itself as ‘The BCS Chartered Institute for IT’.

As many as sixty five percent of the respondents of the survey called for "a greater focus on education at all levels", along with significant investments to nurture the country’s IT talent.

In addition, 51 percent of the senior IT managers surveyed said it was really crucial to enhance the “commercial focus” of IT qualifications to address particular business needs.

When asked about the area they’d prioritise for IT investments, a huge proportion of the respondents (81 percent) said it should be education, followed by health (60 percent), crime and justice (20 percent), and defence (16 percent).

Commenting upon these thought provoking results, David Clarke, chief executive for BCS, said: “'Investment in IT education and skills is essential if we are to turn a nascent economic recovery into a long-term competitive advantage. Our ability to process, share and manage information will determine the success of our society”.

Our Comments

It doesn't come as a surprise that the BCS came forward with these results for two reasons. Firstly the BCS commissioned the survey and sells courses as well. The other reason is that managers are aware that the recession is biting into budgets and that it is easier to increase productivity by enhancing the skills of the users than just adding another server.

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