Future UK IT skills shortage?

By Derek Sooman on
It seems that, very shortly, both the UK and the greater area of Europe will be facing an IT skills shortage. According to a recent study, there will be a shortfall of around 40,000 people with networking technology skills.

Far from being a reason to be cheerful, the Cisco/IDC research shows the UK's position is only improving relative to the rest of Europe. Across Europe, the survey forecast a shortage of around 500,000 people with networking technology skills by 2008, which represented a skills gap of 15.8 percent. The gap in the UK will be 9.2 percent by 2008.

"The position of the UK may look OK compared to Europe but it is very deceptive," said Nick Watson, managing director for enterprise for Cisco in the UK & Ireland.

This is, of course, wonderful news for people like me and many others who frequent this site - keep getting into networking ladies and gentlemen! One day you could be rich.

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