Study: 69 percent of executives believe there is an IT skills gap

By VAR_Staffing
In Channel
November 19, 2013

VAR_Staffing / VAR Staffing

Having a majority of the IT channel agree upon something means it needs to become a priority. That is what is happening with the skills gap.

Recently, the second annual National Survey of Technology, Policy and Strategic Issues report was released by the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). It is a survey of more than 1,700 C-level executives across North America and the results show both a positive and negative outlook for the future.

According to the results, 63 percent of respondents believe they will be hiring technology talent within the next year. However, even more (69 percent) believe there is a shortage in both the quantity and quality of IT professionals. To make matters worse, 25 percent of respondents said that they consider the shortage to be “significant.”

“Companies are feeling better about business conditions, but the talent shortage issue has the potential to sidetrack growth,” Steven Zylstra, TECNA chairman and president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Technology Council, told the news source.

Zylstra went on to say that the results show that the organization needs to up its efforts when it comes to policies such as STEM education, tax and regulatory reform, and access to innovators and start-ups.

As more organizations struggle to find talented individuals, they are relying more than ever on experienced VARs and MSPs. Solution providers that are partnered with VAR Staffing have the best possibility of identifying and recruiting impactful IT talent that helps businesses meet any technology challenge.

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