More IT jobs going to foreign staff

by Editor 7/23/2008 3:53:00 PM
IT consulting jobs,IT careers
IT jobs in the UK are opening to a growing number of foreign professionals with the right technology skills, reveals a new study released by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

The study that included 500 British companies reveals that 59 percent of them recruit IT workers from other countries. This is a seven percent rise since 2006.

Only 13 percent of the respondents said that inadequate skills were the reason why their companies had not hired British staff for the jobs.

The majority (61 percent) said that international growth was the main reason for recruiting intenational workers, while 46 percent said that the requirements of the projects had in fact called for international IT staff.

“At a time of tougher economic conditions and ever-increasing international competition, it is vital that all firms understand how they can use IT to drive performance and create goods and services customers want,” said John Cridland, deputy director-general of the CBI.

A quarter of the foreign IT workers in the UK come from India and 11 percent of them are from China.

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