RFID talent pool still shallow

According to a new CompTIA survey, 75% of companies see a shortage of RFID talent to implement, service, and support technology.

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Deployment of RFID technology continues to be hampered by a shortage of individuals skilled in the technology, according to a new survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The survey results were released February 28 in conjunction with the RFID World 2006 conference.

Seventy-five percent of the technology companies participating in the CompTIA survey said they do not believe there is a sufficient "pool of talent" in RFID technology to hire from. That figure is down slightly from a similar survey conducted in 2005, when 80 percent of respondents said there was a shortage of RFID talent (see RFID talent pool needs filling, published April 2005).

Will have negative impact

Among companies that believe there is a talent shortage, 80 percent said the lack of individuals skilled in RFID will impact adoption of the technology. The figure is significantly higher than a year ago, when 53 percent of responding companies said the shortage of talent would have a negative impact on RFID adoption.

"RFID is a complex and still evolving technology, and expertise is absolutely required for its usage to be a success," says David Sommer, vice president, electronic commerce, CompTIA. "The skill sets and 'need-to-knows' related to RFID are many and varied. Clearly there is work to be done in our industry in terms of RFID education, training and professional certification."

CompTIA is working with more than 20 major players in the RFID market, including product manufacturers, distributors, system integrators, education and training providers, and end-user customers, to develop a professional certification of RFID skills for individuals working with the technology.

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