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Information and Communications Technology: Employment

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what areas in IT in the UK are expected to have skills shortages in (a) five and (b) 10 years time. (129673)

The IT sector is expected to grow by more than 20 per cent. in the next 10 years, representing more than 200,000 new jobs. By 2014 more than 1 million workers will be employed in the IT sector.

One third of employers report skills gaps in their current specialist IT work force. Demand will continue to grow most in high level IT skills. New entrants to the work force will need significantly higher levels of business, project, interpersonal and technical skills. The need to improve IT user skills among the general working population will also continue to grow. Regional employment forecasts show that the regional concentration of the IT industry across the UK is not expected to shift significantly. The largest share of the IT industry will remain in the South East and London.

The Sector Skills Council for the IT sector, e-skills UK, published the Sector Skills Agreement of IT Action Plans for England, Scotland and Wales during 2005, setting out how the various partners in the education and skills system will work together with the sector to meet the sector’s future skills needs.