IT Skills Gap Cuts Across Technologies, Regions

By Maggie O'Neill

Four-fifths of IT leaders describe the IT skills gap as real, but not as many say they have the needed skills in-house to turn to for a stop-gap solution, concludes a new report from TEKsystems, "Exploring the IT Skills Gap." Frustrations exist on both ends—IT leaders describe an unqualified pool of candidates as a top challenge and job-seekers say unrealistic technical requirements in hiring top their list. "Both IT leaders and IT professionals are convinced of the existence of an IT skills gap and its impact on their organizations," said Jason Hayman, research manager at TEKsystems, a talent management and staffing firm. "From additional studies, the areas that organizations most recently voice the greatest need are programmers, developers, software engineers and project managers—with the greatest impact areas of security, mobility, DevOps, cloud computing and business intelligence/big data. The study shows the skills gap cuts a wide swath and is far-ranging, impacting nearly every industry in every geographic region." Here's a look at key findings from the study, based on responses from more than 1,300 IT leaders and professionals.

This article was originally published on 2015-07-14
Maggie O’Neill has worked as a hard news reporter for more than 10 years for papers in Northern Nevada.