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SURVEY SAYS AT LEAST HALF OF TOP EXECS ARE COMPUTER ILLITERATE; EXECUTIVES IN BOTH U.S. AND U.K. LACK BASIC SKILLS

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Although technology is arguably one of the strongest driving forces in global competition, a recent survey of top executives on both sides of the Atlantic reveals that more than half of the executives in the United States (55 percent) and the United Kingdom (51 percent) are thought to be computer illiterate.
 The study was developed by Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) and was conducted in both the United States and the United Kingdom by independent research firms which polled more than 100 executives in each country. Participants were asked, "In your opinion, what percentage of the nation's top executives is not computer illiterate?"
 "Many top executives in both countries rely heavily on their management teams for work that requires computer use," said Max Messmer, chairman and chief executive officer of Robert Half International. "However, it won't be too long before this skill is a necessity. It already is for many senior executives, who use PCs for everything from financial analysis to strategic planning to rapid communications."
 The survey also asked respondents what they felt were the main reasons behind computer illiteracy among executives. Among the reasons cited: computer skills are considered a low priority, executives are intimidated by computers and some are discouraged by the learning curve. Resistance to change and lack of time were also offered as reasons.
 Robert Half International was founded in 1948. The New York Stock Exchange traded firm has two major financial staffing divisions -- for permanent employment, Robert Half; and for temporary employment, Accountemps. The company has more than 150 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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