Business warning over IT skills gap
The government was today warned that skill shortages could hold back the development of e-commerce in the UK.
Speaking at the eBusiness Summit in London, chairman of the Alliance for Electronic Business Peter Agar, said: ‘The government is listening to business on the need for a sensible legislative framework to support e-commerce growth in the UK. But growth will be held back unless we act quickly to close the IT skills gap.’
‘A good start has been made to improve the long-term supply of IT skills and government campaigns such as partnerships with key national training organisations are very welcome. But with industry already estimating a shortfall of 200,000 IT professionals this year, government and business must ask themselves whether they are doing enough, fast enough,’ he said.European leaders seek to replace .com