Panic and Mayhem
The problem is deeper than Blair. The problem starts off with education and the schooling system, continues onto the effect that mass media and particularly television has on developing minds. The problem is further compounded by the lack of discipline and control in many schools, and then is further exacerbated by the social system which encourages single parenthood by dolling out cash to everyone dropping a sprog. Not to mention the social status implied by a whopping pile of ASBOs.
The entry level skills being farmedout to other countries means that fewer entry level jobs are available locally, which means that on the job training has been impacted. Couple that with employees fear of people leaving a company, skills are being relegated "specialised" status and although this may not be the case everywhere, it is happening a lot.
The new laws about contracting for work, absolutely screws over anyone who does IT contracting and further restricts the market because now these roles will now be held by permanent staff who will be pigeon holed so that they do not gain too many skills and therefore leavie the company. Highly skilled contractors will just up their fees, so who benefits?
The professionalism in IT campaign is an absolutely pointless piece of work that has painted the typical techie as a geek and has actively encouraged slander. Many management positions are filled by people who started off as these "geeks".
It is my opinion that professionalism is something that a company either has or it hasn't. If their IT department is unprofessional, chances are that is how the whole business is run. But nobody ever shouts that out in these professional development seminars.
I sometimes feel like bad news is only delivered when there is a business advantage to be gained. This is fine if its in commerce, but unacceptable in government and public sector.
Not sure about the IT salaries. They are still very good depending on where you get in. IT is a wonderful industry and is filled with interesting concepts and loads to learn. I have always enjoyed working with the different products, learning them in depth. I just really feel like getting out of it when I read the political rubbish and half baked solutions to problems that need to be addressed at a far deeper level. Although IT is different, it is essentially the same as any other field.