HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 cc51-2W
Dr. Wyndham Davies

asked the Minister of Technology what is the estimated number of data processing personnel in this country; what will be the estimated shortfall by the end of 1966 on present and projected computer deliveries; and what encouragement he is giving to meet any unfulfilled needs for personnel.

Mr. Cousins

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind computer personnel. My information is that, at present, there are some 5,000 systems analysts and 8,000 programmers in this country. There will still be a shortage of well-experienced programmers and systems analysts by the end of 1966 athough their numbers will have increased considerably. I am discussing with my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education and Science, the expansion of educational courses to help meet future requirements. The National Computer Centre will also make a contribution.