Head Count

Sri Lanka will take a headcount of its IT professionals to help match supply with private sector demand for the trained personnel. Sri Lanka will take a headcount of its IT professionals to help match supply with private sector demand for the trained personnel. The census is part of a US$ 12,000 study to help policy makers plan for the needs of the industry and its growth potential.

The results will also help training institutions model curriculums to meet market needs and help students gauge market potential for jobs.

“We don’t have a breakdown of the figures,” says T I Jamaldeen, an Industry Specialist, a sentiment shared by Lionel Perera from IDM Computer Studies (Pvt) Ltd. who added “What we perceive is a very big gap between demand and supply.”

He explained that business institutions complained of a lack of qualified IT personnel, even as education institutions kept churning out IT graduates.

In an attempt to fill in the spaces, Sri Lanka Information Communications Technology Association (SLICTA), has begun work on a survey that aims to assess the human resource factor of the IT sector.

The survey wil