The Shortage of Technical Talent Persists

Published on 19 Aug 2022

Technical Talent, Shortage

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented technological adoption by businesses in all sectors. As companies understood how to operate remotely and connect with consumers virtually, they compressed ten years' worth of technological adoption and digital transformation into a single frenetic year.

Now, large companies with large budgets are the ones pushing up salaries and paying more for people. This isn't simply the case for workers on the coasts but for talented applicants everywhere in the country. In other words, businesses are facing wage inflation and a field of competition that does not comprise only their primary surroundings but even the whole globe. Because of this, talent competition is particularly challenging for medium- and small-sized firms.

The issue of a skill gap in the technological sector is not a recent development. Over ten years ago, over half of the CEOs indicated worry about talent scarcity for digital jobs. By the year 2019, 79% expressed concern. Covid has significantly worsened the skills gap, and there is now no solution in sight.

Due to the pandemic leaving many effects even after infection rates have decreased, businesses will need to continue investing in cutting-edge technology and more efficient business methods to thrive. According to the study "2021 Workforce and Learning Trends" published by CompTIA, 40% of organizations employed tech personnel during the pandemic, and 66% of those companies had plans to add more in 2021. Businesses in every industry are investigating ways to make hybrid employment the norm. And since consumers choose digital channel adoptions like telemedicine and curbside grocery pickup by such a large margin, many businesses are putting permanent solutions into place to accommodate customer demand.

At the same time, a massive loss of talent is on the horizon. According to Microsoft's 2021 Work Trends Index, more than 40% of workers are contemplating searching for other employment opportunities. Those that possess technical talents that are in high demand will have more options available to them when considering their next career step. Wages are already growing significantly; my business is seeing tech wages increase by as much as 20 to 30% for certain professions. Companies that cannot provide their employees with the working experience they want, in which flexibility ranks very high, will endure a serious loss of talent.

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Businesses need to be creative

The expansion of the talent pipeline in the IT industry comes with significant risks. A recent analysis conducted by Korn Ferry indicated that if the United States does not increase the number of people employed in high-tech jobs by 2030, the country will lose more than 160 billion dollars in yearly income.

Companies that take the initiative are already at work developing innovative solutions. These are the following:

Upskilling staff

42% of firms have stated their intention to implement programs to help existing employees improve their skills or learn new ones. For example, in 2019, Amazon launched a large push to upskill 100,000 U.S. employees by 2025. The program would concentrate on software engineering, cloud computing, machine learning, and IT workers.

Rethinking how we educate future IT professionals

Most HR experts favor removing the requirement that applicants have a degree earned over four years. Apprenticeship programs are one alternative to traditional training. People without college degrees may get training and connections to career prospects in the technology industry via organizations such as LaunchCode, a partner with my firm. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular in Europe, and they will likely do the same in the United States, especially in light of the recently enacted National Apprenticeship Act, which allocates $3 billion to extend apprenticeship agendas in a variety of industries, including the technology sector.

Considering the freelancing economy throughout the world

Some businesses are searching farther afield for qualified computer professionals by tapping into the global freelancing economy or seeking full-time employees in foreign countries. Nevertheless, this is only a band-aid answer to the problem since talent pressure is being felt worldwide. Recent news articles have highlighted businesses in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Singapore going outside their borders to fulfill their need for people with technical abilities.

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Contributing to the formation of the national immigration policy

Google has just filed an amicus brief to preserve work permission for the thousands of people in the IT sector whose partners have H-1B visas. This status is rather widespread in the industry. Amazon, Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Twitter, along with several other prominent IT companies, put their names on the court brief.

However, implementing these ideas will need some time before they begin to provide results. Businesses must take immediate action to formulate a plan for recruiting and retaining top-tier technical talent.

One obvious step they can take is to be creative with their perks; 95% of developers prefer a hybrid working paradigm, the option of working remotely is a no-brainer for them to adopt. CodinGame is a developer recruiting site that obtained this information. Recent data from LinkedIn indicates that job postings for "remote work" have surged by 457% across all sectors, with the technology sector being the one with the most job listings for "remote work." Companies that are unable to determine how to provide this level of freedom to their employees won't be able to attract the necessary level of talent.

The pandemic caused almost every enterprise to transition into the technology business. Even though the battle for skilled IT talent will be severe, companies may start building the foundation to maintain their pipeline full of viable candidates despite the fierce rivalry.


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