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Professional development, skills training a challenge for many CIOs, survey shows

Providing employees with adequate skills training tops the list of staffing concerns for technology executives toda...


February 27, 2008  


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Providing employees with adequate skills training tops the list of staffing concerns for technology executives today, a new survey shows.

More than a quarter (26%) of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said providing adequate professional development and skills training for their information technology (IT) professionals is their greatest staffing challenge.

Maintaining productivity levels ranked second, cited by 20% of respondents, followed by recruiting IT professionals at 16%.

The study, developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm, is based on telephone interviews with 270 CIOs across Canada.

“As technology continues to change rapidly, many CIOs find it challenging to maintain adequate training and skill enhancement programs for their staff,” said Sandra Lavoy, vice-president with Robert Half Technology.

“Companies that are able to implement adaptable training programs and that are diligent in evaluating their staff’s abilities will be better able to close skill gaps quickly and reap the added benefits of increased productivity.”