Rod Drury, founder of Wellington-based SaaS accounting software company Xero, supports the Computer Society’s move towards professionalism.
When he started in accountancy and IT 20 years ago, a graduate would go into a work structure which gave them basic skills such as working within meetings, relating well with colleagues and clients, and completing tasks on time.
Now, with skill shortages afflicting the ICT industry, people rise very quickly, attracting a big salary and a degree of status before they are sufficiently disciplined to be effective in the role.
“I think as well as teaching the technical skills there is a responsibility for employers to teach professionalism,” he says.
Today’s employers “pander to their employees”, knowing how scarce skilled people are, he says.
A formal structure of competency levels and codes of practice and ethics such as that advanced by the Computer Society would provide the right kind of framework for such an move to more professionalism, Drury says.
The Society, under chief executive Paul Matthews is “doing a great job” in that direction, he says.