The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has relaunched a qualification originally introduced a year ago in a bid to stimulate the IT jobs market.
The professional registration category is an internationally recognised qualification awarded by the Engineering Council to Information and Communications Technology Technicians (ICTTech).
It is designed to recognise the expertise and hard work of ICT professionals in areas such as hardware, software or system installation, operation, maintenance, incident/change/problem management, administration, security, fault diagnosis and fixing.
The IET is putting greater emphasis on promoting ICTTech and its other professional qualifications to encourage IT pros to maintain and update their qualifications, given the intense competition for fewer IT jobs in today's economic environment.
The move also signifies the IET's greater focus on addressing the growing IT skills shortage highlighted in its latest skills survey.
Some 45 per cent of the 400 UK companies surveyed were not planning on recruiting staff over the next 12 months, and 43 per cent cited a lack of suitably qualified candidates as the key reason.
Where they did have recruitment plans, 51 per cent said they were looking for experienced personnel.
Michael Bennett, director at ReThink Recruitment, did not want to be drawn on the merits of one qualification over another, but told V3.co.uk that " all qualifications help people".
Bennett agreed that there are some skills shortages in the UK despite the downturn over 2008/9, but that "we have seen an increase in demand for all types of roles with our commercial clients".
Hugo Donaldson, principal policy advisor at the IET, argued that the 2010 skills survey shows evidence of recovery in the engineering and technology industries, and that many more companies are looking to recruit in the next 12 months.
"However, properly qualified and skilled people are needed to fill these roles, and this is where professional qualifications can help employers by demonstrating who does have the right skills," he said.
"At the IET we are supporting employers by launching a professional qualification in ICTTech."
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