Do IT Staffs Lack IT Skills?

May 17, 2007
Survey shows IT staffs could benefit from enhanced technical skills

As technology and job requirements co-evolve, training and development become more important for IT staffers. In a new survey, 25% of chief information officers (CIOs) ranked technical skills as the area in which their IT staff could most use improvement. Project management abilities were a close second with 23% of the responses.

The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked "In which of the following areas do you think your IT staff could most use improvement?"

  • Technical abilities -- 25%
  • Project management skills -- 23%
  • Verbal and written communication abilities -- 15%
  • Organizational skills -- 14%
  • Interpersonal skills -- 12%
  • None/no improvements needed -- 3%
  • Other/don't know -- 8%

(Source: Robert Half Technology)

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