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Monster 5 for Friday: Fixing the Skills Gap Edition

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The difference between the skills that workers have and the ones employers need continues to drag down the economy, economists say. This week’s 5 for Friday rounds up five stories that discuss ideas for fixing the skills gap.

5. Outsourcing Is Increasing the UK IT Skills Gap, Says Survey ComputerWeekly.com: Years of outsourcing commodity IT skills is much to blame for the lack of grass-roots IT talent today, says John Harris, chair of The Corporate IT Forum and chief architect and head of IT strategy at pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline. “While outsourcing did bring value, people moved jobs that should not have been moved. We outsourced our skills pipeline.”

4.Stemming the Skills Gap. The Guardian: “People generally think scientists are great and want science to thrive, just like engineering, but they don’t necessarily want to do it themselves,” says Annette Smith, CEO of the Association for Science Education.

3. Oracle Pilots Solution to Java Skills Gap. ITPro.com: “We’ve also had students study [other Oracle Academy] courses that have gone into law and other disciplines [because] the ability to recognise and analyse data is not industry-specific,” says Jane Richardson, EMEA senior manager of the Oracle Education Foundation. “The use of technology is not industry-specific and more and more of what we do in our everyday lives relies on our ability to understand how to take and use data in a business context.”

2. Filling the Skills Gap. New York Times: Thirty years ago, middle-skill jobs didn’t exist, says Gerald Chertavian. “There were jobs that required a college degree, and jobs that didn’t. Now, up to a third of all jobs are middle-skill jobs.”

1. Small Firms Seek Skilled Workers but Can’t Find Any. Wall Street Journal: “Any new hire is a major new investment and a major new risk for a small business,” says Michael A. Marasco, director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University in Chicago. “Your tendency is to be conservative and try to make do with the employees you currently have.”

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