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No quick fix for skills shortage

No quick fix for skills shortage

Integrators hoping to fill their IT job vacancies with a glut of former-Y2K staffers can expect to be disappointed as organisations opt to re-deploy those workers internally.

The channel, as with other industry sectors, is holding onto its its Y2K staff and is already looking to recruit more staff.

Senteq, among others, is already "hunting" for new staff, says general manager Chris Leach.

Leach said his Y2K staff were "easily transferred" to a range of new projects including the GST introduction, e-business initiatives and related security developments.

Additionally, Ken Pritchard, Y2K project manager for the Commonwealth Bank who employed more than 400 staff to battle the bug over the last three years, said the bank had initially recruited short-term contract staff who were replaced by full-time trained employees.

Pritchard said he could see no end to the IT skills shortage, and expects to be looking for new staff by the end of the first quarter this year.

The University of New South Wales' IT director, Christine Page-Hanisy, expects to be confronted by the skills shortage on a number of fronts.

While trying to attract new staff to meet a heavy development schedule throughout 2000, Page-Hanisy said the public sector, restricted by resources, was an attractive option from which the private sector could fill their employment vacancies.


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