...the perception. IT professionals look at themselves as freelancers and often act that way when presented with job prospects.
I would love to see research on this subject but I bet IT workers tend to work for more companies throughout their career than other professions. Consequently, many IT managers do not want to shoulder the cost of training an employee who will then use this financial investment to secure a better paying job at another company. That view represents the consensus in IT.
Finally, the UK lags behind most other western and even emerging economies in having genuine tier one technology companies.
UK firms' standing in IT
Of the top 300 technology companies worldwide, roughly 20 are in Europe and the number of companies the UK contributes to that group has to be fewer than five. This relative weakness means we do not have industry-leading blue chip companies to sponsor and encourage technology employment.
Despite all the austerity measures, the UK government could stimulate IT by not only supporting start-up tech companies but also by providing incentives so that when these firms are successful they aren't gobbled up by overseas giants. Start-ups and cool tech companies are where young technical talent seems to fit in and where they develop quickly.
We have a multi-faceted problem that will not be solved in the short term. Businesses need to do more to stimulate and engage in grassroots education. Government needs to stimulate core IT business development at home rather than tacitly encouraging offshoring. IT employees themselves need to show greater commitment to business and show loyalty to their employers.
We can start by engaging with IT courses in a more active fashion. Such involvement must become a priority for senior IT professionals in the UK. However, one thing is certain: the UK is already a Third World IT state and we risk losing any influence globally if we fail to support young minds and prepare them to take over the reins of UK IT tomorrow.
What a sad state we are in. As for those companies that shed UK IT employees in favour of Indian offshoring, I hold them directly responsible for the shape and desperation of the UK IT job market. Shame on you.