The concern regarding the UK skills shortage has been long standing in both the Tech and Engineering sectors.
This has only increased since the announcement of brexit as in recent history, lots of UK businesses have made acquiring leading talent from other EU countries an integral part of their strategy.
However, brexit has made this difficult with many of the EU candidates I speak with, now having a real hesitancy to move the UK as it is a move clouded in uncertainty.
Within most organisations the pain of the skills shortage is felt in different ways by different stakeholders. Often the most important however is the pain felt from the technical authority, with most that I speak with having projects delayed or completely scrapped as a result of their internal skills gap.
Some of the subsequent problems for the technical teams are;
- Projects delayed or scrapped due to lack of resource
- Current projects suffer, quality drops as resource is overstretched
- Morale drops within the team
- Staff retention becomes more difficult, as morale drops employees that are in high demand are more likely to engage with other opportunities.
With developments such as the IR35 legislation making the contract resource market tighten, it is imperative that permanent resource forms a significant part of any business' strategy. To limit the impact of the skills shortage, it is increasingly important that companies have a proactive strategy - as delaying technical projects typically has significant impact on the success and growth of a business.
With continued uncertainty caused by Brexit delays, those in charge of IT are concerned about the impact these developments could have on their workforce. More than half (51%) of those polled said they were unsure if they would be able to find enough staff with the required technical expertise once the UK is out of the EU.