IT Skills Gap Burdens Staff and Management

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-12-12 Email

Today's business and IT environments are faced with a formidable array of labor challenges. One of the biggest is coping with ongoing and worsening skill and knowledge shortages. Not only do these gaps create more work for employees—often resulting in stress and burnout—but they also impact operational efficiency and bottom-line results. "Exploring the IT Skills Gap," a recent survey of more than 300 IT leaders by IT staffing firm TEKsystems, examined the current state of project-based IT staffing and workforce planning. Among other things, it found that hiring has become far more difficult over the last five years, and finding contingent workers has also become more challenging. As a result, organizations are suffering negative consequences as a result of the current environment. "It's clear that workforce planning often occurs as an afterthought compared to other areas of planning for IT projects and initiatives," said Jason Hayman, TEKsystems research manager. "Most organizations invest an appropriate amount of planning time into budgeting or defining scope, yet delay in identifying the skill sets needed to build and run the project. This simply isn't a successful or sustainable strategy." Here's a look at some of the key findings from the study.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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