63% of IT professionals in the Middle East do not receive enough training

The Computer Weekly Salary Survey 2017/18 has produced alarming statistics about a lack of employer-provided training among IT professionals in the Middle East.

Lack of resources and skills in the Middle East

The survey of 650 IT professionals in the region found that:

  • 63% believe they do not receive enough training from their employers;
  • 73% said a lack of training was hindering their career progression; and
  • 60% are always looking to climb seniority in their job role.

Michelle Buys Du Plessis, managing director for the Middle East at Dimension Data, thinks the region is lagging in adoption of the latest technology because of a lack of trained resources and skills.

“The availability of skilled resources and talent in the networking and cyber security space has become a huge challenge in the IT industry, which is in a state of transformation”, said Du Plessis.

“IT companies need to think of people as an asset. They need to assess the skills they currently have and how they can leverage those skills for customers as they compete in the digital age. To attract and retain the best people in the industry, learning and development remains key.”

Our recent blog Middle East needs 45,000 more cyber security professionals by 2020 supports her point and identified that 67% of organisations in the Middle East believe there are not enough workers in their departments.

3 benefits of investing in information security training

  1. Recruitment and employee retention

The survey found that 25% of IT professionals are actively looking for a new role at another company.

Consider the attractiveness of your current employee benefits package and how the addition of education could enhance this for your staff.

Salaries are important, of course, but the prospect of training can be a key factor in deciding whether to accept a job offer.

Training also helps improve employee retention as staff are likely to stay with an organisation that’s willing to foot the bill for their education.

  1. Employee satisfaction

Investing in your employees’ education can help them remain positive and improve their motivation. This, again, can also boost employee retention.

If your training is part of a development pathway (such as our ISO 27001 learning pathway), employees will have a greater incentive to learn and put their skills into practice in the workplace.

  1. Competitive advantage

Providing your employees with training opportunities ensures they are well skilled and your organisation remains competitive.

Improve security management skills in your organisation

ISO 27001 certification has increased by 104% in the Middle East in the past five years and certification to the Standard offers organisations a host of benefits:

  • Save money: Avoid the financial penalties and losses associated with data breaches.
  • Meet legal requirements: Comply with increasingly rigid regulatory requirements like the technical and operational elements contained in the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Win new business: Meet strict client demands for greater data security.
  • Protect your reputation: Demonstrate that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your business.

ISO 27001 qualifications, such as ISO27001 Foundation (CIS F) and ISO27001 Lead Implementer (CIS LI), will provide your employees with the skills required to implement an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS (information security management system).

ISO 27001 training is now available to book at our professional training centre in the heart of Dubai and is ideal for IT professionals across all the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries to travel to.

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