Employment in the Information, Communication and Technology Sector

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Employment in the Information, Communication and Technology Sector
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The purpose of this report is to fulfil the criteria laid out in the Communications and Work Experience Modules, G20001 and W200008
Introduction
According to IBM, data created in the last two years account for 90% of the information available on networks and the internet. (IBM Research) As a consequence, it is not surprising that there is such high Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) skills demand. In May 2013, FIT Ireland (Fast Track to IT) conducted a skills audit in response to 4500 unfilled ICT job vacancies. FIT found that the predominant cause was an ICT skills shortage.
Firstly, this report will describe the ICT sector and its range of
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Due to the increase in popularity of mobile devices and tablets by consumers, the decline in the Personal Computer Market (Technology, 2013) is escalating, and consequentially, hardware and software development for the mobile market is on the increase as well as the development of Wi-Fi (Wireless Local Area Network) technology.

The Main Occupations in the Current ICT Sector (Durrow Communications, 2013)
Electronics Engineer (Skills Shortage)
An Electronics Engineer Invent and design the hardware technology used in the ICT Sector, from control circuits to satellite digital telecommunications systems.
Software Engineer (Skills Shortage)
A Software Engineer uses code in the form of a computer language to develop and modify software applications, such as software for business and communications, and games software.
Computer/IT Consultant (Skills Shortage)
An IT Consultant would determine the client’s needs as well as advising them on the use of ICT as it pertains to their business.
Computer Applications Programmer/Analyst (Skills Shortage)
Like a Software Engineer, a Computer Programmer is a person who programmes software by writing code, but typically would need programming knowledge and a qualification of Level 6 or higher, rather than a degree.
Database Administrator (Skills Shortage)
A Database Administrator
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