Offshoring IT jobs causes skills gap in the UK

by Editor 8/27/2008 3:20:00 PM
IT consulting jobs,consultant roles
Companies outsourcing entry-level IT jobs to countries like China and India are causing a widening skills gap in the UK. As a consequence of the offshoring trend, there are fewer graduate opportunities in the UK and mid-level salaries are rising, according to a new research by Income Data Services.

The research shows that average pay rates for IT user support technicians have jumped 13 percent, to £24,177, in the past year, while systems engineers’ salaries rose 9.5 percent, to £31,120. IT project leaders saw a 23 percent increase, to £47,605, within only five years, according to data released by Salaries Services.

“The sizeable pay increases we are seeing in mid-level IT support and technical roles are being driven largely by acute skills shortages,” said Ken Mulkearn, editor of the IDS study.

“Clients are now making sure they seed their own people offshore and get them to come back later,” commented Rick Simmonds of outsourcing consultancy Alsbridge.

Back in May, Ann Swain, CEO, Association of Technology Staffing Companies, had warned: “The shortage now is of candidates with a few years' experience looking for second and third jobs. But how do you get that experience if entry-level jobs are being sent offshore?”

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