Critical Shortage of IT Security Professionals

The Chair of the Cyber Security Challenge Talent Management Committee, Kevin Streater, said that \”The importance of IT to the UK\’s infrastructure has been underestimated. We need security professionals to protect the UK\’s global internet connection. For example, if a UK bank\’s infrastructure goes down, there will be huge damage to the UK economy. Only a small number of people are addressing the skills needed.

Recently the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development / KPMG Labour Market Outlook Report said that 40% of UK Employers are struggling to fill vacancies from within the European Economic Area (EEA). The report also found that 17% of employers have been prevented from recruiting Non EEA workers due to the temporary Immigration Cap, 23% of employers are recruiting Non EEA workers for engineering roles, 15% for IT positions and 7% equally for nursing and accountancy / finance positions.

The Public Policy Advisor for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Gerwyn Davies, said that “The introduction of the temporary cap has had an impact on employers’ ability to fill vacancies and improve productivity, particularly in the National Health Service (NHS). It remains questionable whether the increase in the number of employer-related visas issued by the government for the next year will be enough to address the projected increase in the demand for migrant workers. We should not forget that the UK still has skills shortages in many key areas, nor should we forget that the number of non-EU workers amounts to the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands. So while it is right to highlight our concern about rising unemployment, we should not overlook the benefits and invaluable expertise and experience that a relatively small number of non-EU workers bring to the UK economy. Keeping out skilled non-EU workers won’t help unemployed people in the UK in the near term, but could have real and negative consequences for business and the public sector”.

Commonwealth Contractors

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with OISC Registered Private Immigration Firms and Tier 2 Licensed Healthcare and IT Consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual on a Tier 2 Visa (formerly UK Work Permit). If you are a highly skilled International professional and you would like to work in the UK Commonwealth Contractors can help. Our OISC Registered Partners specialise in Tier 1 General (formerly Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) visa applications and can assist those highly skilled individuals that either wish to apply or extend a Tier 1 General Visa.

For more Information call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you.

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