More than 60% of UK managers are concerned about a perceived shortage of skilled IT workers, according to a new survey commissioned by Hewlett-Packard Co.
The Palo-Alto-based technology giant undertook its sixth annual survey of 200 UK managers, and found that the majority believed there is a serious shortage of IT skills, which HP believes will encourage more companies to consider outsourcing and managed services engagements.
Campbell Robertson, managed services director at HP UK and Ireland, said: There is not just a shortage of raw skills companies are also looking for experienced people to drive complex technology transformation projects.
He said that while some companies will plug the gaps in their IT workforces by using recruitment agencies, others will be drawn toward longer-term deals with outsourcers. It depends on the company’s overall business objectives, he said. There will always be a place for bodyshopping, but outsourcing gives the client a clear governance and commercial framework.
Robertson said that while the majority of large UK organizations have already lived through one or two generations of IT outsourcing deals, there is a lot of potential greenfield business among mid-size organizations. He said: The Times Top 250 companies are mature consumers of outsourcing. But if you go one layer lower, the appetite for outsourcing is quite strong.
HP recently appointed the former head of its European outsourcing business, Pablo Sanchez-Lozano, as its global outsourcing chief. Robertson said: He demonstrated in Europe that he can drive top-line growth and deliver a bottom-line contribution as well.