Overcoming the digital divide: Diversifying the IT sector

Improvements needed in the delivery of computer sciences education.
By Allan Fisher
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/03/2001

Amid the extraordinary ongoing explosion of information technology and its applications, a shortage of skilled workers poses enormous challenges for HR professionals charged with staffing IT and software engineering departments.

A Forbes magazine survey found that 40 per cent of software projects were canceled while another 35 per cent had serious problems due to a shortage of appropriate personnel. Similar shortages exist for people trained in hardware and systems development.

Despite this demand, participation of women and minorities in the creation of new hardware and software remains low compared to that of white males.