Trouble with assessing IT skills, bad news as demand heats up

Study shows a lack of common understanding and definitions surrounding IT jobs
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2004

The Software Human Resource Council regularly gets calls from recruiters and HR professionals complaining that they can’t find qualified candidates to fill vacant IT positions, said Paul Swinwood, president of the council.

In fact, there are many people willing and able to fill the position, he said. But the recruiters and HR people don’t understand the similarity, and thus transferability, of IT workers’ skills.

The problem is that in a still relatively young — though complex and rapidly changing — industry, too many people are using too many different definitions and terms to describe similar things.