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Skills shortage affects one-third of IT execs worldwide
Source: Antony Savvas, Computer weekly, 14 February 2008
More than one-third (38 per cent) of CEOs and CIOs worldwide have problems relating to IT skills shortages, according to a survey of executives.
The report by the non-profit, independent IT Governance Institute (ITGI) found that the most common problem experienced in the last 12 months was insufficient numbers of staff, a difficulty which affected 58 per cent of respondents. This compares to 35 per cent in a similar survey conducted in 2005.
'Despite recent economic news and employee layoffs, we are seeing an increased demand for qualified information technology professionals throughout the industry,' said Lynn Lawton, international president of ITGI.
Awareness of the Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) framework for IT governance has surpassed 50 per cent, nearly doubling since 2005. Use of COBIT has nearly doubled, from 8 per cent in 2005 to 16 per cent. 50 per cent of organisations in Europe have already implemented IT governance practices.
The study surveyed 749 CEO/CIO-level executives in 23 countries.