However, PCA unconcerned at latest move by world's largest IT trade body

CompTIA launches UK expansion drive

CompTIA has announced an aggressive recruitment drive aimed at increasing the number of resellers and retailers in the UK, after claiming that one in three could face potential skills shortages.

Matthew Poyiadigi, CompTIA’s EMEA vice president suggested that it was the right time for the organisation to improve its presence within the UK. "We have built up a strong profile in the US and have been given the green light by our board to really ramp up our profile in the UK channel.

"We want to give the channel the things they need to be more effective in business. These include toolkits to help increase sales performance, certification and training, resource CDs on issues such as skills, staffing and recruitment, and research papers on industry trends.

However, Keith Warburton, chief executive of rival trade association the PCA, dismissed CompTIA’s move. "We have over 800 members and I do not see CompTIA having a major impact on any other UK trade association. It will be interesting to see how its plans develop."

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