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The impact on firms of ICT skill-supply strategies: an Anglo-German comparison

Steedman, Hilary, Wagner, Karin and Foreman, Jim (2003) The impact on firms of ICT skill-supply strategies: an Anglo-German comparison. CEPDP, 575. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753016346

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Abstract

This paper compares the supply of specialist ICT skills in Britain and Germany from higher education and from apprenticeship and assesses the relative impact on companies in the two countries. In contrast to Britain, where numbers of ICT graduates have expanded rapidly, the supply of university graduates in Germany has not increased. Combined with the constraints of the German occupational model of work organization, it is concluded that this failure of supply may have contributed to slower growth of ICT employment in Germany. At the same time, German firms have turned to a newly developed model of apprenticeship to supply routine technical ICT skills. This strategy contrasts with British firms which recruit from a wide range of graduate specialisms and invest more heavily in graduate training. Probably in part as a consequence, apprenticeship in ICT occupations in Britain has failed to develop.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2003 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 575
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2008 14:54
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20042/

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