ERIC Number: ED407491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Help Wanted: The IT Workforce Gap at the Dawn of a New Century.
Information Technology Association of America, Arlington, VA.
The supply of and demand for skilled information technology (IT) workers were examined in a survey of sample of 1,000 medium/large IT companies and 1,000 medium/large non-IT companies that were selected randomly from a Dun & Bradstreet database. A total of 271 companies (149 IT and 122 non-IT companies) responded. Among the main findings/conclusions were the following: (1) approximately 190,000 positions for skilled IT employees are currently unfilled, which translates into 1 vacancy for approximately every 10 IT employees; (2) 82% of large and mid-size IT companies expect to increase their number of IT employees; (3) 71% of respondents believe the demand for IT workers is higher than for other skilled/trained workers; (4) 68% of IT companies cite a lack of skilled/trained workers as a barrier to their ability to grow; (5) increased recruiting and training efforts are, at best, a partial solution to the current difficulty of finding/retaining skilled IT workers; (6) education will be a key facet of any solution to the problem; and (7) both outsourcing of IT work to companies overseas and IT workers' salaries will likely increase. (Appended are information on the survey methodology and confidence level computation. Contains 20 tables and 12 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Corporate Education, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Information Technology, Job Training, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, National Surveys, Recruitment, Skilled Occupations
Electronic version: send message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "IT Workforce Study."
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Information Technology Association of America, Arlington, VA.