ICL has re-employed 23 of its retired personnel to help clients tackle the millennium bomb. The company says it is one of the first IT firms to do this although many have discussed the possibilities.
The former-employees, who are aged between 55 and 65, have been put on a register and will work on projects from home as and when they are required. They will be paid hourly rates and have been given training on the problems of the year 2000 date change. ICL said the recruits could expect to be paid between #20 and #30 an hour.
The recruits are skilled in VME, mainframe applications and Cobol programming and will be expected amend code but could visit customer sites to carry out inventory checks.
Duncan Short, resource manager at ICL?s year 2000 unit said the company wants to recruit more former employees and will target 150 from its database of people who had taken early retirement or left through maternity or disability.
Alan Rowley, director of the year 2000 at ICL said: ?You cannot simply throw fresh graduates at the problem. It is a business issue which requires the type of skills that can only come with experience.?
ICL is also critical of the millennium graduate recruitment programmes of other IT firms arguing that new employees will not acquire useful skills in time.
Short, who sits on a DTI panel investigating year 2000 skills shortage, said: ?We are not saying that employers should scrap their graduate programmes -- the skills crisis in IT is an ongoing issue.
He also questioned the usefulness of New Deal, the government?s soon-to-be launched initiative partly targeted at encouraging IT firms to employ youths who have been out of work for more than six months to help tackle the millennium problem.
He said the government should encourage people to gain general skills to help alleviate the overall skills shortage rather than train them on something that will no longer be in demand next century.
ICL has also launched Dateproof 2000 Club for small to medium-sized organisations. The club will provide members with a forum to share experiences as well as advice and technology to help them comply with the date change.
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