Highlights from BCS Voices discussion in Leeds

These are just some of the topics discussed at a BCS Voices event run by BCS West Yorkshire.

Recruiting or upskilling - there are pros and cons of both approaches. Internal upskilling is good for culture alignment and reduces risk of role misalignment and can generate cost savings and loyalty. It can also create more realistic expectations amongst staff. Where internal upskilling is not provided by the organisation, it becomes necessary for individuals to be self-motivated/funded to develop themselves and upskill to keep themselves employable.

Recruiting externally can be advantageous to help companies adapt with the times and keep up with the industry. Consultants fill the gap, leave the organisation after a period and take their knowledge with them. Managers can fall into the trap of not listening to their own staff but they need to do this to make informed, balanced decisions rather than only relying on the judgement of newly employed 'external' staff.

Is teaching yourself realistic? Yes it is. Most people in the group are self taught but.. need first hand experience is needed. Mentoring by more experienced colleagues has been a successful model for development. Roles in IT are based on generic transferable capabilities e.g. problem solving, logical thinking - it can be viewed that upskilling in these areas can be more beneficial than role specific training e.g. learning a coding language which could be learnt 'in post'.

Should you do wrong because you're told to? Ethics of a company e.g. gambling companies and people have different lines and understands of wrong and right / what constitutes 'harm'. It is essential for an organisation to self govern to avoid stepping 'over the mark'. It is also important that there is a 'safe' way for employees to be able to report inappropriate activities as well as having active regulatory bodies.

Brexit Brexit itself isn't creating a skills gap as the majority of outsourcing is to non EU countries and or the Commonwealth. As the IT industry is global and with flexible working patterns access to skills is likely to remain constant. That said, if there is to be an impact, it is likely to be felt mostly within IT admin / project management/support roles. Global recruitment with diverse teams can improve productivity.

Posted by Pip Rukin on 22nd Mar 2019
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