More than two-thirds of the organizations surveyed by CompTIA (68.8 percent) believe there is an insufficient pool of RFID talent to hire from. That figure is down slightly from the previous two years (75 percent in 2006 and 80 percent in 2005).
Among companies that believe there is a shortage of RFID talent, 68 percent said that the lack of workers skilled in RFID will impact the adoption of the technology. That's down from 2006, when 80 percent of responding organizations said the skill shortage was impacting RFID adoption. In 2005, the figure was 53 percent.
"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, vice president, 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 and its members are addressing the skills shortage through the use of an industry developed and accepted credential that validates a technician's knowledge and skills in the areas of installation, maintenance, repair, and upkeep of hardware and software functionality of RFID products.
CompTIA RFID+T is a professional vendor-neutral certification designed to validate a technician's competencies and skills in RFID solutions. The curriculum built to support this certification has become an industry standard of foundation-level skills for the RFID technologist. More information on CompTIA RFID+ is available at http://certification.comptia.org/rfid/default.aspx.
Respondents to the CompTIA survey included technology resellers, value-added resellers, solution providers, systems integrators, and others directly involved in the delivery of IT products and services. The Web-based survey conducted earlier this year closed with 64 responses.
In 2007, CompTIA is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Just as the information technology (IT) industry it serves has grown, CompTIA has also enjoyed remarkable growth over the past 25 years. The organization was founded by representatives of five micro-computer dealerships working together to find better ways to do business. Today, CompTIA has more than 22,000 member companies in over 100 countries around the world; and serves as the voice of the world's $1 trillion-plus IT industry. CompTIA is committed to advancing the long-term success and growth of the IT industry by helping organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their investments in technology; and by helping individuals to obtain the skills and credentials they need for productive careers in IT. For more information, please visit: www.comptia.org.