Careers Slideshow: IT Skills Gap: Enterprises Aren't Getting the Tech Support They Need

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-28-2012

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A whopping 93 percent of respondents told CompTIA that there is a general skills gap in IT between "existing and desired skill levels."

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According to CompTIA, close to 60 percent of respondents say that their employees' corporate IT skills are only "moderately close or not even close" to where they should be.

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The skills gap is hurting business. In fact, 80 percent of respondents said that they could cite at least one place where business was impacted by it.

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According to CompTIA, 41 percent of respondents said that staff productivity was negatively affected by the skills gap.

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Furthermore, 32 percent of those surveyed said that the skills gap caused issues in customer service and engagement.

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More than three in 10 respondents said that security was negatively affected by the IT skills gap.

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So, why does all this happen? Nearly half of all the respondents said that it was due to IT workers being unable to stay current with all the skills they need to do their jobs effectively.

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Cost is also involved, with 43 percent of respondents saying that their IT efforts are falling short because of a resource gap.

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Even so-called educated IT employees will have a hard time in the office, according to 39 percent of respondents, because the skills they learn don't necessarily translate to the real world.

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There is a glimmer of hope, however: 57 percent of respondents say that they're currently working on fixing the IT skills gap.

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