COMMENT: Re-think needed to attract IT professionals

A new initiative aimed at helping Irish firms fill vacant software jobs makes perfect sense but success will take more than a Niall Quinn fronted campaign, writes Richard Curran.

12th September, 2012
In every country there are only so many “nerds” who want to do this stuff, no matter how well paid it is, writes Richard Curran.

The debate about whether our education system is producing the right kind of skilled workers that we need, continues apace.

It has been dominated for a while by measures to reward honours maths students, and now the ground is shifting towards science – or a lack of it – at primary level. It does seem extraordinary that with unemployment running at 14.7 per cent, there are at least 1,500 software jobs that cannot be filled...

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