UK IT professionals are ‘not confident’ in their current skillset

20 May 2019

Some 70 per cent of professionals said they would be unable to confidently manage future innovations

Some 70 per cent of professionals said they would be unable to confidently manage future innovations

IT professionals in the UK are not learning fast enough to manage their environments and if the current workforce is to keep up with the pace of innovation, there will need to be some significant changes.

These were the findings from new research carried out by SolarWinds, a US company that develops software for businesses to help manage their networks, systems and information technology infrastructure.

The company’s IT Trends Report 2019: Skills for Tech Pros of Tomorrow looked into the state of skills and career development for technology professionals and revealed that they have prioritised systems, infrastructure, security management and hybrid IT skills development in the past year.

When it came to the next three to five years, respondents said they were looking to develop skills in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics, while considering career paths such as data science and coding.

However, without improvement in time and budget constraints, the majority of tech professionals surveyed (70 per cent) said they would be unable to confidently manage future innovations. This in turn puts businesses at risk of performance and competitive advantage losses, skills and career development for tech professionals therefore becomes a priority, the report said.

Meanwhile, 78 per cent of respondents revealed they simply lack the time to train for new skills.

Sascha Giese, head geek at SolarWinds told Networking+ that in order “to truly capitalise” on the opportunities presented by emerging technologies - and ultimately remain competitive five years from now - network managers must commit to the mind-set of a lifelong learner.

Sascha Giese, head geek at SolarWinds, says skill development “would become more and more important” - as emerging technology, such as AI and machine learning, becomes widely adopted

Sascha Giese, head geek at SolarWinds, says skill development “would become more and more important” - as emerging technology, such as AI and machine learning, becomes widely adopted

“They can do this by taking a disciplined, proactive approach to obtaining new skills and focusing on developing their careers,” he said. “By starting small and setting aside manageable, realistic chunks of time play to focus on this – they’ll be in a strong position to kick-start this kind of personal development.”

Giese said for network professionals, skill development “would become more and more important” - as emerging technology, such as AI and machine learning become widely adopted by the industry. “This boom in emerging tech has the propensity to significantly impact and affect personal careers among the professional community, so it’s important that they’re prepared,” he added. “2019 presents technology professionals with a huge opportunity to demonstrate and capitalise on the critical tie between skills development, business transformation, and career growth. After all, we have chosen this career path, as in IT there is always something new to discover and to learn. That’s the best part of it, isn’t it?”

Of the other key findings, nearly eight in 10 tech pros (78 per cent) said their day-to-day IT tasks extended into time earmarked for career development, with 33 per cent saying that always happens.