Increased business outsourcing activity and rollouts of third-generation mobile and Voice over IP networks are driving heightened demand for ICT skills, according to one of the nation's top recruiters. "A lot of the big services and outsourcing businesses are suddenly winning contracts again," sparking demand for staff to service the deals, Hudson's IT and telecommunications recruitment head, Alison Maidment, said last week.
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The top five IT skills Canadian companies are seeking, in order, include TCP/IP, proficiency with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP, Windows 2000/ME, security skills and knowledge of Microsoft's SQL server, according to the survey released Wednesday.
A recent review has found that IT skills shortages are half that of 2001, with new skills in demand for 2002
Brooktrout Technology has joined the SALT Forum, a group of companies spearheading the use of speech technologies. The forum, composed of 19 companies including Cisco and Intel, is working to develop the Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) specification, which supports text-to-speech and related functions for multiple devices, such as telephones, wireless handhelds or cellular phones. The Microsoft-backed SALT strategy competes on some levels with speech technology from IBM. Brooktrout, which makes hardware and software for communications networks, said it will contribute its skills in media processing for IP (Internet Protocol) networks and help the SALT specification meet carriers' requirements. --Tiffany Kary