In the aftermath of Brexit, UK companies potentially face a huge challenge as HR and IT leaders are experiencing a tech talent shortage. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of IT leaders expect to see a rise in people from non-tech backgrounds entering their teams over the next two years as the IT skills shortage increases.


Experis conducted research on 1,000 IT workers and 200 senior IT managers in the UK and found that 90 percent of IT leaders feel that the ability to learn new technology skills is just as important as existing knowledge in today's rapidly changing tech world. Leadership (93 percent), understanding business objectives (95 percent) and project management (92 percent) skills are the most valued.


IT leaders felt those that support continuous learning (97 percent) and have a training strategy which is responsive to emerging tech trends (94 percent) will be the most successful IT teams of the future. While IT leaders understand the importance of personal development and training, almost half (48 percent) of IT workers say their training programme is reactive and 15 percent claim their organisations have no training at all.


A shortage of the proper skills not only leads to reduced business growth (41 percent) and reduced competitive advantage (43 percent) but has a great impact on employees. IT leaders say it is likely to increase stress on IT teams (53 percent), reduce morale (46 percent) and reduce productivity (43 percent).


“IT leaders and HR must become more agile and identify candidates and existing team members that possess wider business skills and leadership qualities as well as those able to learn new tech skills. It's also important for them to assess their way of thinking. Individuals that challenge and question existing systems and processes in order to make improvements, displaying a growth mindset, will drive innovation,” said Geoff Smith, managing director of Experis.