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Make IT Better: Skype bemoans shortage of UK business savvy product developers [video]

18 Apr 2013

Government and private industry have warned that the UK is suffering from a major shortfall of IT skills that will cause untold harm to the country's economy.

The government has tried to fix this shortage both through ravamping the computing curriculum in schools to boost computer science learning, and through initiatives like the cyber strategy in 2011, which pledged to invest £650m to increase the number of skilled IT professionals in the country.

However despite a raft of new initiatives, numerous businesses and government groups remain unconvinced there is a quick-fix to the problem.

Most recently, government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (NAO), issued a statement claiming the skills gap will last at least another 20 years and cost the nation a massive £27bn per annum.

Eager to see if the doomsday talk is true we caught up with Skype corporate vice president of engineering and operations Mark Gillett to get the inside skinny on his experience overseeing the tech company's recent UK hiring spree.

Gillett discusses Skype's recent recruitment drive in London, which led to the hiring of 100 tech experts, and the challenges Skype encountered when trying to find product developers with the right mix of business and tech skills.

V3 is currently running a Make IT Better campaign, which in partnership with the Corporate IT Forum, aims to improve IT education and fix the growing skills crises facing the IT and digital industry.

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