The IT skills shortage appears to be easing according to thegovernment, which did not include any technology occupations on the list issuedtoday by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).
The list is designed to identify those areas of the economythat are still looking for gaps to be filled with personnel from overseas.
Those areas that still require migrant skilled workersinclude nurses, engineers and teachers. The list is going to be studied byministers before being finally agreed next month.
Home Office Minister Tony McNulty, said that the listappeared to be “broadly right” and it would be issuing something similar inabout five to six weeks time.
In response the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) saidthat it welcomed the absence of IT roles on the list.
“Asthe economy enters choppy waters and demand for IT contractors in particularseems to be falling, it is good to see that the MAC has recognised that thereis no overall IT skills shortage in the UK,” said the PCG’s managingdirector John Brazier.
The findings are slightly at variance with some of thestated views of vendors on the subject with Cisco amongst others being vocalabout the skills shortage and the risk to future growth and innovation if morecertified engineers are not found in the market.