How real is the IT skills gap?

By VAR_Staffing
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July 15, 2013
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The IT skills gap and possible solutions to fix it have been the topics of great debate among technology experts and professionals in the IT channel for the last decade. With the quickening pace of tech innovation, it would seem like the demand for impactful employees is highly outpacing the supply. While it seems grim, not all is lost and there is plenty of time to put a fix in place.

That is the message in a column for Ed Tech Magazine. Gary Beach, the author of the article and the book "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap," used his six years of research into the topic to craft his argument.

"I've heard many times that the skills gap is a fabrication," Beach wrote. "But with nearly 12 million Americans unemployed and another 11 million underemployed, according to recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it's clear that there's a bewildering labor phenomenon occurring in this country: In the post–'Great Recession' recovery, the number of unfilled ­positions has climbed dramatically — to nearly 4 million."

Beach added that there is plenty of research to support it. Reports show that 67 percent of companies are struggling to fill skill positions, with 61 percent citing lack of qualified professionals as the main reason.

Turning this around and filling the gap is going to start with a focus on education. However, this change will not happen overnight and IT Principals need immediate options. This is where a partnership with a reliable VAR or MSP can become invaluable and those solution providers that work with VAR Staffing can rise to the top.

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