IT sector facing talent crash

Looming labour shortage in next 5 years: Report
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/05/2011

Four years ago, Sphinx Information Technologies was struggling to find skilled information and communications technology (ICT) workers. Unable to recruit the right candidates or attain temporary work permits, the Calgary-based company opened an office in Egypt, hiring developers and IT support there that specialized in the oil industry.

While there is labour available in Canada, it’s not suitable, said Ibrahim Hamouda, president and CEO of Sphinx, which has five employees in Calgary and 13 in Cairo.

“There are graduates but our business needs high skills and not only a graduate… who thinks they know everything,” he said. “You get them to work and you find they really don’t know anything and are not willing to learn.”