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New IT-BPO workforce survey expected in December

A new nationwide survey of Sri Lanka's IT-BPO workforce is expected in December this year. Reportedly encompassing "about 600 organizations including government departments and ministries, non IT companies (ICT users), software/hardware companies, BPO companies and IT training organisations", the survey is an undertaking of Sri Lanka's Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and MG Consultants (Pvt) Ltd.

This according to a statement by ICTA, which also added that the goal of the survey is "to elicit a clear understanding of the extent and the composition of IT-BPO workforce in Sri Lanka and weigh it against the supply of skilled personnel".

It has further been indicated that the survey, which will begin its data collection stage from the third week of September onwards, will collect information on "overall size and distribution of the ICT workforce, anticipated gaps between supply and deman for the next year, employment opportunities".

The third such undertaking, there were two prior surveys completed in 2005 and 2007. The 2007 survey is reportedly available for download free of charge at and offers the following conclusions among many others: "IT workforce in Sri Lanka grew by nearly 10,000 over the two years from 2004", "14,500 IT workers are required in the next two years (2007-2008)... demand for 7,672 IT workers in 2007" and "5,755 graduates are needed in 2007 but only 2,216 IT Major graduates will be added to the workforce this year".

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