“Inadequate” digital knowledge among frontline council staff

07 June 2017

Eduserve’s Jos Creese says frontline council workers are getting “left behind” on the digital journey”.

Eduserve’s Jos Creese says frontline council workers are getting “left behind” on the digital journey”.

Poor digital literacy among frontline local government workers is holding back change projects, according to a new survey from the Public Sector People Manager’s Association (PPMA) and Eduserv, a not-for-profit provider of IT services to the public sector.

While most respondents agreed digital knowledge had improved across the council, only a minority reported significant improvements.

Sixty-six per cent of PPMA members said they needed to go further in developing a plan to improve digital skills in their organisation.

Four in ten HR leaders said there had been no change in the digital skills of frontline workers and a similar number rated digital literacy of this employee group as “inadequate”, significantly more than any other employee group. 

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Balancing the IT gender gap

07 June 2017

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The FDM Group is helping to build a “strong pipeline” of women, according to its CCO Sheila Flavell.

The FDM Group has reported an average gender pay gap of six per cent and a median pay gap of zero per cent compared to the national average of 18.1 per cent.

A professional services company with a focus on IT, FDM is an early adopter of gender pay gap reporting introduced by the government in April.

This requires organisations with 250 or more employees to publish statutory calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female workers. Companies have until April 2018 to report their figures. 

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Hybrid IT organisations cost-efficient and scalable, but still struggle with skills

05 May 2017

The top cloud-related skill IT pros improved over the past 12 months was automation.

The top cloud-related skill IT pros improved over the past 12 months was automation.

An IT skills gap is seen as one of the five biggest challenges of the cloud and hybrid IT, reveals SolarWinds in its latest IT Trends report.

According to the network management software specialist, more than half of the IT practitioners, managers and directors it questioned indicated that hybrid IT has required them to acquire new skills.

Nine per cent admitted that it has altered their career path.

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“Supercharged” project managers will thrive in the new transformation economy

05 May 2017

Some of the key areas PMs want to improve their skills include business analysis, influencing and relationship-building.

Some of the key areas PMs want to improve their skills include business analysis, influencing and relationship-building.

The professional project manager (PM) might become a thing of the past unless he or she evolves to embrace the new transformation economy, according to a new study.

The research suggests that the PM of the future will be valued above all for creativity, flexibility, agility, emotional intelligence and alignment with their businesses’ or organisation’s strategic goals. 

The study was carried out by AXELOS, the global custodian of project management methodology PRINCE2.

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