Scottish technology businesses look for workers across the country
IT contractors might be interested to hear that a new report revealed that technology businesses based in Scotland, are having to look to other areas of the country for workers.
The report, ‘2013 Scottish Technology Industry Survey’, commissioned by technology specialist 9-20 recruitment and ScotlandIS, found that due to an IT skills shortage north of the border, over half (52%) of the Scottish technology businesses surveyed said that they are looking to hire workers outside of the region.
The reason for Scottish technology businesses having to look elsewhere may be due to the fact that there are more job opportunities in the area, and just not enough IT professionals to fill the spaces. Results from the survey found that 70% of those surveyed were looking for more staff, which is a ten per cent increase compared to this time last year.
Executive director of ScotlandIS, Polly Purvis, said that some businesses are not able to grow due to the lack of skilled IT workers in the area. She explained, “There’s an increasing buzz about the industry as business and government transform their operations through the smart application of technology. We’re seeing growing confidence across the industry, from start-ups to the growing number of Scottish digital technology businesses carving out export markets around the world.”
According to the report, 66% of respondents said that the main skills they were looking for lay in the software and web development area. This is great news for highly skilled IT contractors looking for work north of the country…
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