The Skills Gap at the Heart of the Smarter IT Workforce
Understanding Your Employees' Skills is the Key to Bridging the Gap
The Skills Gap Exists
Yes there is a gap, and acknowledging it is half the problem.
I was recently reading the November edition of HR Magazine, in which SHRM CEO Henry G. Jackson was discussing the Global Skills Gap: An Opportunity to Excel. He inferred that the gap was not all on its own and was being driven by a gap between expectations of skills and pay. He was suggesting, and he is not alone in this belief, with the Nobel award winning economist Paul Krugman as well as Adam Davidson both commenting on it in the NY Times, that the hangover of the recession is a mismatch between the level of expertise hiring companies are expecting to bring on at a particular rate of pay, and what candidates believe their current skills and experience are worth.