Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Canadian Government Needs 89,000 New IT Workers

The Canadian Government will need to replace more than 7,000 information technology (IT) professionals in the next 3(three) years.

So, over the next 3-5 years, 89000 more homes will be required just to meet the immediate need in Ottawa.

The federal public service will find itself in an IT crunch unless declining computer studies programs produce more graduates.

Canadian governments, banks, insurance companies and technology companies will likely need to fill a staggering 89,000 technology positions in the next 3 to 5 years.

A number of factors are working against the Canadian labour market, such as a rapidly aging workforce, including those in charge of technology groups in the public service and migration of qualified workers to the U.S.

All across the country, governments and private industry have done a poor job driving home the point that the country faces a shortage of computer studies graduates.

Since much of the entry level work done in the tech sector is being outsourced to cheaper labour markets like India, the entry level technology positions available for Canadian graduates will require more sophisticated training.


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