IT Staff Could Benefit from Enhanced Technical and Project Management Skills, Survey Shows



    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - As technology changes, so do the job requirements
for a company's information technology staff. In a new survey, chief
information officers (CIOs) ranked technical ability and project management
skills equally at 24 per cent, as areas in which their IT staff could most use
improvement. Organizational abilities were third with 19 per cent of the
response.
    The poll includes responses from more than 270 CIOs from a stratified
random sample of Canadian companies with 100 or more employees. It was
conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half
Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a
project and full-time basis.

    
    CIOs were asked, "In which of the following areas do you think your IT
    staff could most use improvement?"
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    Technical abilities............................................... 24%
    Project management skills......................................... 24%
    Organizational skills............................................. 19%
    Verbal and written communication abilities........................ 14%
    Interpersonal skills..............................................  7%
    None/no improvements needed.......................................  1%
    Other/don't know.................................................. 11%
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    "Technology changes rapidly, making it crucial for IT staff to constantly
learn new skills to keep pace with industry advancements," said Katherine
Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "While it's
ultimately up to the individual to keep his or her technical abilities
current, the best employers invest in ongoing professional development for
employees at all levels."
    Lee continued, "Professional development programs can also aid a
company's recruitment and retention efforts. In today's competitive IT hiring
market, employees want to work for firms that encourage them to build new
skills and assume more challenging responsibilities."

    With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Robert
Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for
initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration
to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers
online job search services at www.rht.com.





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