Skills survey shows Ireland needs to attract young talent



15 November 2011 | 0

The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has carried out pioneering research in an attempt to quantify the competencies held by IT professionals in Europe. In a survey carried out in 28 countries across among nearly 2000 respondents, what emerges is that as the population ages and the demand for skilled IT professionals increases, the flow of fresh young talent into the field of IT is sadly lacking.

The report states that the lack of career paths detracts from the attractiveness of the IT profession for new entrants, while continuous professional development is needed for established professionals.

CEPIS in association with its Irish member, the Irish Computer Society (ICS) carried out survey in Ireland, where almost 200 ICT professionals participated, giving a clear outline of competences against an agreed European e-Competence Framework.




The report shows that Irish ICT professionals who responded were on average older than their counterparts in the rest of Europe. The proportion of IT professionals in Ireland with an educational background where IT was only a secondary subject is 5% higher than the rest of Europe. This suggests there may be greater difficulty in Ireland than in the rest of Europe to source candidates with IT qualifications for advertised roles.

Overall male ICT professionals outnumber female ICT professionals, showing that there is a need to attract more women to ICT careers; however the proportion of female representation in ICT is higher in Ireland than the rest of Europe. Regarding competence analysis, while 25% of respondents stated that they were IT managers, only 7% appeared to have the competences required for this role. Further research is required into e-competence gaps such as these to identify detailed training paths which are definitely needed.

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