Connecting the dots.

I saw this headline in my local paper today:

Tech sector facing major skills shortage

90,000 information technology workers will be needed within the next five years

I’ve see the same thing in other papers over the last couple of weeks. That’s 18,000 new workers required each year. To put that into perspective, Nortel, probably the largest Canadian technology company, has about 33,000 workers in total. So we’re talking about half of Nortel’s entire workforce in new employees each and every year, just as new IT employees.

The reason for all these new employees?

A recent report by the Conference Board of Canada suggested that the country will need 90,000 information technology workers within the next five years, in part to fuel the explosion in wireless and Internet businesses. Each position that isn’t filled will cost the economy an estimated $120,000 per year.

I haven’t noticed anything in the news about an explosion in wireless and Internet businesses.

But it started to make a little more sense when I got an email from a local law firm about their seminar series:

Immigration Solutions to Address Skills Shortages

Ah, that’s it.You need to start informing people about the huge skills shortage so that they can connect the dots and push government to open the borders.

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this.

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