Since 2016, the skill gap for IT leaders has increased by 145 %, finding itself at 76 % of the 9,300 polled. This shows the ever-increasing demand for the IT world. And, with that new demand comes the need for skilled developers.
The UK has some of the most noticeable gaps in the IT industry. Most of the adult population is said to not possess the skills necessary to keep up with the growing market. Even day-to-day tasks are made difficult in this digital world.
Coming into 2021, the gap has been closing. Over the past two years, a decrease in the gap has been shown and is expected to continue.
While this is somewhat hopeful, 36 % of people in this department claim that they don’t have the ability to meet all business objectives because they simply don’t have the staff to keep up with the workload. Half the industry is considered about this shortage of skilled developers.
The pandemic has shown some statistics that prove it to be considered an additional stress placed on the IT market Mental health had a negative impact on the technology world as a whole. 40 % found their stress and amount of work were severely impacted as a result of COVID. Half the companies in the IT industry have at least one vital role that needs to be filled, while 36 % of the companies have three or more spots filled.
According to a recent study, 38 % of the industry felt that the industry moves too fast to allow the developers to keep up. They feel as though the skills can’t keep up with the pace of IT development, increasing the gap size. Lack of investment was said to have contributed to the gap by 32 % of those questioned. 35 % thought that the gap was a result of the industry not being as appealing or glamorous.
Autumn Budget recently referred to the acknowledgment of this gap by the UK in 2021. It went on to say that something must be done to address the need. A lifelong commitment is said to be necessary if the IT world ever hopes to bridge this gap and not allow it to happen again. 75 % of workers want to continue sharpening their skills—investment needing to be increased blamed for the gap by 32 %. From wanting to improve the quality of their work to be more time-efficient, the need for attention was obvious to all of the IT industry.
Employees who feel as though they are being held back should leave that company and seek training elsewhere if their needs are able to be met. While 56 % of companies plan to conduct some additional training to curb the gap, developers should not stay within a company that does not.