Regional IT skills gap set to widen rapidly

Technology worker shortfall slowing third-platform adoption, warns Condo Protego

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Regional IT skills gap set to widen rapidly Calthorpe: Manpower is not progressing at the same speed as technological development.
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 21, 2014

Increasing demand for IT professionals in the Middle East amid a dearth of regional talent is stifling adoption of emerging technologies, according to data storage and security specialist Condo Protego, which cited International Data Corporation (IDC) figures.

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"Manpower is not progressing at the same speed as technological development, and this is due to a number of challenges, including education and interest," said Andrew Calthorpe, CEO, Condo Protego.

"As a result, local organisations are finding difficulty in recruiting IT professionals with the technical knowledge and skillset required to fulfil their job requirements... In order to ensure a sustainable recruitment model, there is a critical need for home-grown IT professionals. This should start from the grassroots, from motivating students to pursue the profession as a career, to ensuring an adequate educational infrastructure is in place."

Condo Protego cited a 2013 report by IDC, which showed that emerging networking technology skills, such as those required for cloud computing, mobility, and virtualisation, represented 38.4% of the total networking skills gap in 2012, and forecast this proportion would grow to 46.3% by 2016.

In the networking technologies sub-category, IDC calculated a 2012 shortage of around 18,421 full time equivalents (FTEs), and projected the shortfall would increase to 60,144 in 2016. Condo Protego believes that as these technologies ramp up and gain a strong foothold within organisations across the region, demand for associated skillsets will result in the gap widening at a compound annual growth rate of 34.4% between 2012 and 2016.

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IDC's report also reflected a high demand for IT security skills. When asked what new or extra skills would be required in the next two years, 69.3% of respondents indicated they would require more security skills.

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