A new declaration on IT Professionalism was made by the ICS CIO Advisory board on behalf of the ICS CIO Forum at the recent ICS Leaders Conference.
It is no secret that almost 40% of companies trying to recruit IT professionals in Europe report difficulties in finding skilled workers. Clearly, we have to create the right framework to attract fresh talent to the IT sector, but we must also act urgently to improve the skills and professionalism of the workers already in the sector.
IT Professionalism Europe (“ITPE”) is a network of organisations who are interested in and committed to furthering IT professionalism in Europe and promoting best practice in managing IT staff.
The e-CF is a strong component of this and will represent the initial focus of ITPE. IT professionalism encompasses not only competence development, skills frameworks and standards but also key topics such as education and training (certification, qualifications, continuous professional development), professional ethics and bodies of knowledge.
The first signatories of the declaration were representatives of the ICS CIO Advisory board (pictured l-r - Barry Lowry - Government CIO, Sean Keavey - CIO, Department of Agriculture, Colm Gartlan - CIO, Norbrook Laboratories, Kevin Sweeney - CIO, Intuition Publishing and Jim Friars - CEO, Irish Computer Society.
We encourage all Irish IT Professional to commit to this declaration as a statement of our commitment to making Ireland the safest most ethical place in the world to do IT.
Here's the full declaration for you to read:
Declaration on IT Professionalism in Ireland
The ICS CIO Forum is a network of Ireland’s most senior IT leaders working in the public and private sector.
We the ICS CIO Forum members endorse the objectives and strategy of the IT Professionalism Europe (“ITPE”) initiative (www.itprofessionalism.org) and commit to supporting its efforts at a national and local level through participation in the professionalism activities of the Irish Computer Society.
Recognising that the world is being changed profoundly by new technologies and the digitalisation of industry, and that today’s working conditions and job dynamics are set to change signifiantly, we, ICS CIO Forum members, believe that it is imperative that IT professionalism receives greater focus and priority in Ireland, Europe, and globally.
We note that:
We therefore acknowledge the need to develop and mature the IT profession and improve its status in Ireland and the EU, in the context and with the support of major Irish and EU policies, including:
We will work to adopt and implement the valuable work of the European Committee for Standardisation Technical Committee for Digital Competences and ICT Professionalism (CEN TC428) and the Irish Computer Society based on the four pillars of IT professionalism:
A Call to Action:
In order to advance IT professionalism in Ireland, we, the ICS CIO Forum members, will: