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Government CIOs blame low pay for IT skills gap

Anh Nguyen | Nov. 2, 2011
CIOs in central government departments have blamed "public sector pay constraints" for the difficulties they face when trying to recruit and retain ICT staff.

"One CIO suggested that identifying the skills that need to be transferred from the private sector into central government might provide some focus for developing graduates on the TiB (Technology in Business fast-stream programme to develop future leaders in government ICT) scheme," the report said.

As of September 2011, there were 60 people on the TiB programme in 10 departments. A previous NAO report revealed that the scheme is one of the most popular civil service fast-stream programmes, attracting more applications per place compared with other programmes.

The NAO warned, however, that: "As consultants have already moved out of departments there is likely to be some challenge for Cabinet Office in addressing this issue."


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