The survey, distributed to 70 IT managers in the financial sector, also shows 65% of IT managers feel they donât have sufficient skill sets in-house to deliver IT projects this year. This skill shortage comes amid expected increases in IT projects â 63% of respondents believe they have more projects to deliver in 2008.
âThe shortage of in-house skills coupled with headcount restrictions means IT managers will be under pressure to deliver an expanding pipeline of projects,â explains Joe OâReilly, sales director for IT Forceâs Managed Resources Division.
As a result, 58.3% of respondents will use an external service provider to free up internal resources, while 25% will limit the amount of projects in line with internal skills and 8.3% will out task specific functions.
IT Forceâs survey also highlighted a strong demand for IT services management, specially Server Support Services (41.2%), Infrastructure project delivery (29.4%) and IT Services management (23.5%).
IT Force launched the Managed Resources Division in October 2006 to assist companies with IT project delivery and backfill the skills shortage in Irelandâs IT industry. IT Force Managed Resources provides companies with solutions ranging from complete out-tasking of functions such as the helpdesk to the provision of skilled infrastructure and specialist IT staff.