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Non-tech employees to enter IT industry due to skills shortage

Understanding business objectives, leadership, and project management are the three most important skills among businesses

A new report by IT resourcing company Experis, entitled ‘Tomorrows Tech Teams’ showed that IT teams will see an influx of people from a non-tech background, further complicating the existing IT skills shortage.

According to the respondents, future-proof IT teams will implement strategies to support continuous learning and will have training programs responsive to current trends.

Almost half of the 1,000 IT workers polled said their training program was reactive, while 15 per cent said they had not received any training whatsoever.

“The prevailing narrative of the IT skills crisis is that we need more skills in specific tech areas in order for businesses to embrace emerging technologies, innovate and remain competitive. However, our research suggests that the problem is growing,” says Geoff Smith, Managing Director of Experis.

“IT leaders and HR must become more agile and identify candidates and existing team members that possess wider business skills and leadership qualities as well as those able to learn new tech skills. It’s also important for them to assess their way of thinking. Individuals that challenge and question existing systems and processes in order to make improvements, displaying a growth mindset, will drive innovation.”

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