Parity reports IT skills shortage set to cost businesses £millions

From: Parity Group PLC
Published: Fri Jun 08 2007

Parity, Business and IT Services specialist, is warning that many businesses may have to increase contractor pay rates by up to 15 per cent, in order to avoid being hit by the current skills shortage in the IT market.

Parity ( ), believe that businesses may have to increase their contractor pay rates, or look at the option of employing professional staff on an assignment basis, through a third party, such as Parity. This type of assignment recruitment can provide the employer with additional flexibility as it is the third party which employs the professional on a permanent basis – giving the client the opportunity to switch on or off the resource as and when required.

With so many projects for such a small pool of contractors ( ) to pick and choose from, Parity believes that businesses will have to offer considerably higher rates in order to attract the best candidates. What’s more, without adequate forward planning, the shortage of skilled project and programme managers ( ), as well as development staff in the IT sector, is set to cause serious delays in project implementation – fuelling costs even further.

"High demand means that contractors are once again finding themselves in the fortunate position of being able to pick and choose the projects they work on," said Simon Wayne, Professional Services director at Parity. "Businesses therefore run the risk of losing out if they do not offer much more attractive day rates, confirm contracts more quickly, and secure longer term agreements."

Wayne continued, "The alternative is for businesses to choose the Professional Services ( ) option – whereby a company like Parity offers professionals on a switch-on switch-off basis to organisations. The professional is employed by Parity and sold out to our clients on an assignment basis. This option would be particularly favourable, should a business wish to retain employees longer than a single short assignment – therefore reducing an organisation’s employment risk, keeping control of delivering IT services on time. The Professional Services option also provides local people to their organisation who are motivated, loyal and are prepared to go that extra mile."

"If contracts aren’t reviewed and renewed at least six weeks before the date they are due to expire, businesses are likely to find that their temporary staff will have accepted more lucrative positions elsewhere – taking away the key expertise and knowledge that they have gained from the projects they were working on. To safeguard against such losses, businesses will either have to bear the cost of higher rates, or manage their contracts more carefully so that they can retain staff at secured, affordable rates," Wayne concluded.


About Parity Group plc

Parity is an IT and Business services organisation delivering technical, recruitment and training solution to the UK and Irish markets.

Parity’s expertise in Project and Programme Management minimises business risk associated with systems implementation, integration or business change for our clients. As agents of change, Parity provide the skills, competencies and concepts necessary to improved business performance for IT enabled projects, programmes and change initiatives.

Having been established for over thirty years, Parity has developed deep industry and expertise in Finance, Utilities, Telecoms and the Public Sector delivering, people, skills and concepts for IT enabled projects and programmes throughout the UK.

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