Joint Working Conference


“Meeting Global IT Skills Needs – the Role of Professionalism”


Some 35 experts on IT Skills and Professionalism from 14 countries met at Gorse Hill, Woking, UK on 25th – 27th October 2002. The conference was sponsored by IFIP, OECD, WITSA, supported by BCS, CEPIS, CompTIA, Intellect, Birkbeck University of London and SEARCC and in cooperation with ACM, CIPS and IEEE-CS.


Eleven papers were given by an international panel of speakers focussing on three key aspects of IT skills needs – demand, supply and constraints. Participants also exchanged views and experiences in extended working group sessions.


At the closing session, participants agreed to continue their work by agreeing to share best practice relating to skills issues, for example by addressing inclusiveness issues, and specifically (with contributions from the organisations indicated) to:



-          to identify the differences in obligations associated with different types of work;


-          to assist the closer matching of employer requirements with educational provision





-          Labour Market statistic-gathering (for policy-makers, planners) (CEPIS);


-          Career opportunity clarification (for prospective entrants);


-          Quality Assurance (for competence area identification and credential validation);


-          Career Progression Management (for individuals and employers);


-          International mobility (use in relation to immigration; handling regulation and employer hiring)


-          Clarify “IT Professional” (see Annex A), “IT Profession” and “IT Practitioner” (IFIP).


Champions for these actions will co-ordinate work, contribute to a progress report by end April 2003 and recommend whether to hold a follow-up meeting.


Glossary of Organisations




ACM                (US) Association for Computing Machinery

                         (Education Board)


ACS                 Australian Computer Society


BCS                British Computer Society

                         (Qualifications and Standards Board)


CEPIS             Council of European Professional Informatics Societies


CompTIA         Computing Technology Industry Association


CIPS                Canadian Information Processing Society


CompTIA         The Computing Technology Industry Association


e-Skills UK      (UK) Sector Skills Council for Information and Communications



IEEE-CS         (US) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society


IFIP                  International Federation of Information Processing

                         (Working Group 3.4)


Intellect            (UK) I T, Telecommunications and Electronics Association

                         (e-Skills UK)


NGI                  Netherlands Informatics Society

 (Nederlands Genootschap voor Informatica)


OECD             Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

DEELSA          Directorate of Education, Employment, Labour

 and Social Affairs

DSTI                Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry


SEARCC         South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation


WITSA             World Information Technology and Services Alliance




Annex A




IFIP has defined the term Professional in the following way:




q       publicly ascribe to a published code of ethics;


q       are aware of and have access to a well-documented current body of knowledge relevant to the domain of practice;


q       have a mastery of the body of knowledge at the baccalaureate level;


q       have a minimum of the equivalent of two years supervised experience before operating unsupervised;


q       are familiar with current best practice and relevant proven methodologies;


q       are able to provide evidence of their maintenance of competence.