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I.T STAFF CRISIS TO WORSEN OVER THREE YEARS

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An IT skills shortage in local government will worsen over the next six months and remain serious for at least thre...
An IT skills shortage in local government will worsen over the next six months and remain serious for at least three years, managers predict.

A survey of a third of British councils revealed 66% of IT managers believe the skills shortage is serious and needs immediate action. Half expect problems to worsen over the next six months because of the millennium bug.

The survey, conducted by the Local Government Users Association, suggests the proportion of councils using a mix of in-house and contractor IT provision will increase as recruitment difficulties worsen. At present 38% of councils use such a mix, but 55% expect future IT services will be provided in this way.

The survey suggests councils are losing staff to the private sector - just one-fifth of staff who leave go to another public sector body.

To counter this, 60% have developed schemes such as loyalty bonuses.
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