Although the Mexican Federal Government is aware of the potential benefits its investment in Information Technology (IT) and human resources can yield in the years ahead, the government appears slow on framing a policy on developing human talent for the technology sector.
“The Government is concerned about developing its human capital,” said Victor Manuel Lagunes, the IT Manager at the Presidential Office, who participated in a discussion on “Human Capital Public Policies Required by the ICT Industry for its Growth” at the 35th Annual National Convention of the National Chamber of the Electronic Telecommunications and Information Technology Industry (CANIETI).
An interim policy statement on ICT focuses on three main areas, including better practices, consolidation and interoperability and information security. “They still need to establish rules governing who operates them and how,” Lagunes added. “We know that there is no strong, concrete scheme in place for government employees.”
Referring to the management of human capital in the government sector, Lagunes stated that there was no training program in place.
“People are of the opinion that work in the government sector is temporary, due to the cyclical changes involved. Therefore, the talent base that we can attract is severely low.” Finally, he states, retention of human talent has to be improved, because the existing personnel training programs do not facilitate professional growth, and IT employees are starting to look elsewhere.
“The government is not able to directly compete with the private industry when it comes to offering incentives. Salaries are not as competitive and developmental schemes are not as comprehensive,” stated the IT Manager.
He suggested creation of ‘Human Capital Collaboration and Development Scheme’ to attract better talent and enhance the performance of government personnel. “We are looking to create a program aimed at generating new talent, supported by a platform of development in technical and human areas for the APF (Federal Public Administration) and TIC units,” Lagunes added.
The Federal Government, according to Lagunes, has made it a priority to develop talented labor pool for the the technology sector so it can positively influence on the country’s GDP.
The government is likely to ask technology firms to put forward their plans to develop human capital.
“We want to capitalize on the investments that have already been made in some of the human development platforms within the government,” assures Lagunes. “The invitation is for suppliers to put forward a human resource development management