Skills Shortage Crippling IT Industry


The IT industry may be booming across Lancashire, but a major skill shortage is causing headaches for the county’s business community.

Growing demand within the technology sector is leaving many employers struggling to fill vacancies, with Brexit set to exacerbate the problem.

However, here at GK Recruitment, we believe that firms could find a positive way forward by adopting a more structured and bespoke approach.

“There is a skill shortage, absolutely no doubt about that and our region is suffering more than most,” said our managing director Gary Keay.

“IT is perhaps the fastest changing of all sectors; skills quickly become outdated as new ones emerge and that is where the problem often starts.

“It is therefore imperative that employers seek bespoke support, otherwise they could find recruiting new IT professionals a very frustrating and time-consuming process.”

The North is among the three most affected areas of the UK with high-calibre technicians increasingly sought to support MSPs, SMEs and start-ups and to also provide vital in-house functions at larger enterprises.

The biggest vacancy demand currently lies in Cyber Security, BI & Data Management and Software Development.

We hear that more than 70% of technology employers are experiencing skills shortages and research also shows that up to 75% of candidates go through recruitment agencies when seeking a career transition.

There is good reason for that,” added Gary. “Talented IT professionals recognise that not only can we showcase the best of what is on offer at any given moment, we can also put their particular skills directly before a suitable employer with a vacancy to fill.

“At GK we deal exclusively with IT and, since 2006, we have tailored our service to produce positive results as efficiently and economically as possible.

More and more companies, both IT specialists and those with IT departments, are turning towards recruitment specialists to solve the problem, while they get on with running their own businesses.”

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GK Recruitment with Holker ITgrowing an IT company in Lancashire