Irish Execs Severely Lacking In IT Skills

28 Jun 2017 | 02.33 pm

Irish Execs Severely Lacking In IT Skills

40% failure rate in Code Institute test

28 Jun 2017 | 02.33 pm

A survey of 1,000 people across Ireland by Code Institute has found that the average Irish professional’s tech skills are woefully inadequate.

The survey asked participants to carry out a tech diagnostic test, which included 10 entry-level technical questions beyond familiarity with MS Office applications. The exam evaluated whether their IT skills and knowledge are up to date and sufficient for the modern workplace. The results break down as follows:

• Over 400 people failed, achieving less than the 50% pass mark.

• 282 people achieved a substandard mark of between 50-60%.

• Only 191 people showed entry level technical competency by scoring 70% and above.

• 88% of these participants are employed, a concern for businesses planning for the future

• 85% of the test participants are college educated, showing a skills gap in the existing education system, according to Code Institute.

In demographic breakdowns, men and women both scored poorly, though men scored higher than women with an average score of 48% while women scored 41% on average.

Jim Cassidy (pictured), CEO of Code Institute, commented:  “Technology is playing a greater part of our working lives every single year, regardless of the industry you work in. Regular upskilling is vital for future-proofing careers, and this survey shows that most professionals are in danger of letting their skills become obsolete.

“This affects businesses as well as their staff: Companies need to be able to adapt to changes in their market, to have the skills to identify technological threats and opportunities. With under-skilled managers and employees, that will be a struggle. Ireland plays host to some of the biggest tech companies in the world, and yet most Irish professionals’ skills are not up to date. For Ireland to thrive in coming years, we must address the growing problem of under-trained staff.”

Another survey earlier this year by Kingram Red found that tech skills shortage is the number one barrier for implementing digital initiatives. It also found that 60% of Irish organisations have no vision for their success in the digital world. Two thirds are unhappy with their progress in engagement of staff in affecting digital change.

Code Institute, where Digital Marketing Institute’s Anthony Quigley is a co-founder, says its goal is to not only produce career-ready software developers but to train people to work efficiently with developers. The Institute offers a Diploma in Tech Fundamentals course to complement its Diploma in Software Development.

Coding tuition is expensive – see details here – though Code Institute says that acquiring coding skills can transform career prospects, citing the example of Darragh Browne, who used to work on a deli counter and is now thinking about setting up his own tech company.

 

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