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New UK legislation places strain on supply of data storage staff

The IT industry is currently facing a shortage of experienced data storage staff due in part to recent changes in legislation.

IT recruitment specialists Ifftner Solutions says that the demands of complying with standards set by the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and the EU directive on data retention places an additional staffing burden on companies across the UK.

“These regulations have created an unprecedented number of IT roles for staff who are specialists in data storage,” explains Melanie Bosley of Ifftner Solutions. “We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of storage architects, consultants and engineers as organisations are now required to store and maintain data for longer periods of time. In the US, for example, companies may be required to produce every email sent and received over the past five years containing a particular word. This may even be expanded in the future to include images.”

Regulatory change has also resulted in security implications, highlighted by the various security breaches in high level sectors such as the HMRC. “The necessity to ensure compliance with the rules whilst maintaining security has resulted in an increase in demand in specialists in the fields such as storage and security within IT departments, “ explains Melanie “Companies need to ensure that they have an information management strategy in place – and the staff with the knowledge and skills to run it.”

With global data volume growing by 60% per year according to the Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe Survey (conducted by analyst IDC on behalf of supplier EMC), the burden of responsibility on UK businesses is set to increase. ”Securing specialist high level industry experts is paramount to a company’s success, increasing their efficiency and reducing costs in the long term,” comments Melanie.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.