Employability Management of ICT Professionals

Employability Management of ICT Professionals

Dora Scholarios (University of Strathclyde, Scotland), Esther van der Schoot (University of Twente, The Netherlands) and Beatrice van der Heijden (Maastricht School of Management, Open University of The Netherlands and Open University of Twente, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-575-7.ch049
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Abstract

The article describes work conducted as part of the Indic@tor project funded by the European Commission (IST-2000-31070) and supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) (Aspasia program 015.000.114). The study examines the employability of ICT professionals and its management by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe against the backdrop of the expanding but turbulent ICT sector. Employability can be defined as the extent to which employees have skills that the market and employers regard as attractive. The development of technical and professional workers is an area of high priority for governments concerned with creating an adequate supply of skilled labour and fuelling economic growth, while for SMEs, there is general concern about the supply and utilisation of ICT skills, high turnover of experienced staff, and the under supply of qualified new entrants into the profession (Cappelli, 2001; Hill & Stewart, 1999; ITNTO/AISS, 1999).

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