According to new research by Futuresource Consulting, 66% of leading broadcasters believe they have the skills to cope with the transition to IP
The research, commissioned by Nevion, does specify other perceived barriers, such as cost, technology, security and interoperability concerns, but skill shortages does not number significantly among them
When asked if their organisations had the correct levels of operational and technical knowledge required for a transition to IP in live production, two-thirds of broadcasters said they have the right skills or partially have the right skills.
Broadcasters in the USA demonstrated higher confidence levels in their in-house skills. Half of US respondents said they had the correct skills in place compared to just 14% indicated by European broadcasters. A further 25% of US respondents said they partially had the right skills, while 43% of their European counterparts said the same thing.
Broadcasters in both regions are turning to training and recruitment to bridge the gaps that do exist. Overall, 52% of respondents are hiring new staff, while 81% are training their existing personnel.