IT workers' mobility hindered by incomparable qualifications

CIOs want a Europe-wide competency framework

CIOs would hire more foreign IT workers if they could more easily compare qualifications, according to a new survey.

Senior IT professionals in Europe are worried that the mobility of IT workers among member states is hampered by a lack of transparency in IT certifications and qualifications.

More than 370 IT professionals -- mostly CIOs -- were interviewed for a European Commission survey published on Wednesday.

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI), which carried out the research, found that there are more than 1,300 ICT certification courses currently available across Europe, leading to confusion about qualifications.

Almost 60 percent of respondents said that the number of practitioners working outside of their native country was growing, but that there were still obstacles to workers looking to move. Three-quarters of the respondents said that being able to compare academic qualifications and certification across national boundaries is essential to job mobility.

The CIOs said a Europe-wide competency framework could help to resolve confusion and misunderstandings arising from certification comparisons. In terms of preparing the next generation of CIOs, only 12 percent thought education providers were meeting this need.

"This is a significant initiative in identifying how we can best support the training needs of future ICT managers," said IVI founder and director of Intel Labs Europe, Martin Curley. "Mobility for ICT professionals as well as the strengthening of the CIO role in enterprises are two of the most important requirements for business today, particularly as ICT becomes more important and more central to the business value of organizations."

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