We are continually discussing the skills shortage in the digital agency/agency world.
Interesting to see that we are not alone with this problem.
The 2007 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 CEO survey recently revealed the beginning of a talent crisis within the technology industry.
With the baby boomer generation reaching retiring age, international CEOs cite chronic shortages of talent as one of their greatest concerns. More than half of the companies surveyed said they plan to expand their workforce by more than 25 percent, with the vast majority wanting to grow organically, but the biggest challenge to companies is "finding, hiring and retaining qualified employees."
Many CEOs have made it their top personal challenge to develop the next generation of leaders, yet a large number express concern with national education systems. Views on off-shoring have also changed, being seen not just as a way to capitalise on cut-rate labour, but as a valuable source of talent that is not available at home.
Having been on a panel at the Deloitte Fast 500 discussing this very subject, it was extremely interesting to hear views on how to tackle this problem, many of them a lot more progressive than those normally discussed in the UK.