RFID Skills Shortage Recedes Slightly

The shortage of technology workers skilled in radio frequency identification (RFID) is lessening, but the lack of talent continues to impact deployment of the technology, reports a new survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association (Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.). More than two-thirds of the organizations surveyed by CompTIA (69%) believe there is an insufficient pool of RFID talent to hire from. That figure is down slightly from the previous two years (75% in 2006 and 80% in 2005).

Among companies that believe there is a shortage of RFID talent, 68% said that the lack of workers skilled in RFID will impact the adoption of the technology. That's down from 2006, when 80% of responding organizations said the skill shortage was impacting RFID adoption. In 2005, the figure was 53%.

"The skills shortage is not the most significant factor in the relatively slow adoption of RFID, but it is a contributing factor," said David Sommer, v.p., e-business and software solutions, CompTIA. "Had RFID adoption taken hold at a higher level, the skills shortage would be even more pronounced."

Sommer noted that while RFID adoption may not have occurred at the rate many sources predicted, usage is growing at a modest, steady pace.

"The number of RFID pilot programs, tests and closed-loop deployments designed to address specific business problems continues to grow," he said.

CompTIA RFID+T is a professional, vendor-neutral certification designed to validate a technician's competencies and skills in RFID solutions. Respondents to the CompTIA survey (64 total) included technology resellers, value-added resellers, solution providers, systems integrators, and others directly involved in the delivery of IT products and services.

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