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October 26, 2009updated 23 Aug 2016 2:58pm

Recession prompts IT pros to skill-up

Survey finds techies boosting skills

By Janine Milne

Huge numbers of IT pros are brushing up on their IT qualifications to boost their chances of getting a job in the recession.


A survey from The IT Job Board found that 83% of IT techies are thinking of studying for a new qualification. Their main reason was to increase their chances of landing a job, but they also believed it would broaden their skills set.


A clean sweep of industry recruiters also surveyed by The IT Job board reiterated the link between gaining additional IT qualifications and candidates’ chances of securing a job. Recruiters emphasised that most prospective employers were looking for specialist skills.


IT pros who fail to keep up-to-speed with industry changes and new qualifications risk the possibility of missing out on new job roles to those taking a more serious and planned approach to developing their careers, said Jamie Bowler, head of marketing at The IT Job Board.

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Candidates who combined qualifications with relevant experience stood the best chance of success in the current climate, accordig to the survey.



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