Previous Article Next Article Is IT missing obvious solution to its crisis?On 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Lastweek IT employers launched a charter to tackle the crisis of IT skillsthroughout industry. Meanwhile PC manufacturer Compaq announced it was to cut5,000 jobs worldwide leading to speculation that 3,000 jobs in Scotland couldbe affected. It was the latest in a series of announcements of job losses orprofit warnings in the high-tech sector. If you take the two developmentstogether they appear to present a conundrum. Why lay off staff when you haveskills shortages?Anattempt by employers to tackle the IT skills crisis is obviously welcome and isnot before time. And there is nothing wrong with the aims of the IT skillscharter. However,there is something missing. Oddly, nowhere does it say that the IT industrywill invest in more training. Surely it is cheaper to train existing staff inIT skills than to recruit new people, especially in companies which are makingmass lay-offs? Any explanations would be welcome. Related posts:No related photos.