Figures from Hays IT show 73% of employers expect a lack of experienced applicants to challenge their ability to hire and 55% are concerned about emerging skill shortages. Hays IT welcomes the addition of computing to the teaching syllabus and the government’s approach to tackle the skill shortages in technology.
With the growing monopoly of technology in all areas of business, going back to the classroom to tackle the interest in computing will help to boost numbers of IT professionals. The inclusion of coding and implementation of the new curriculum will also help to narrow the gender gap within the computer science industry.
Lee Chant, Managing Director of Hays Information Technology, comments: “The introduction of coding to the curriculum focuses on a longer-term initiative to produce a workforce equipped not only with the technical skills that employers demand, but also the analytical minds businesses in the technology sector crave. This is something we actively support through our collaborations with CoderDojo, an international movement of coding clubs for young people. A new generation of IT professionals is badly needed and this is a very encouraging step forward.”
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Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2014 the Group employed 8,237 staff operating from 237 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2014:
- the Group reported net fees of £724.9 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £140.3 million;
- the Group placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments;
- 24% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 42% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 34% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
- the temporary placement business represented 59% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 41% of net fees;
- Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA