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Why the global IT skills shortage needs to be addressed

Nick Marsh, Managing Director, Harvey Nash Executive Search APAC | Jan. 15, 2016
he Harvey Nash CIO Survey 2015 shows that, 71 per cent of CIOs based in the APAC region believe a skills shortage is preventing their organisations from keeping up with the pace of change, 12 per cent higher than the global average.

In order to tackle this looming threat to business growth and innovation, skills shortages of this magnitude need to be tackled at the grassroots level - in the classroom. Nurturing home grown talent by encouraging children, of both genders, to be more engaged with technology at an earlier age will help to fundamentally grow the talent pool for IT in a sustainable way. Joint initiatives by the government and companies, aimed at sponsoring IT education, will have a lasting impact on the talent market for years to come.

Ultimately, unless Hong Kong takes steps to address the gap now, then the IT stalemate will never change, leaving business open to cyber attacks or falling behind new digital challengers. By addressing the issue now, we can ensure that those climbing up the IT ladder have the skills to cope with an increasingly technology focused future.

 

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