The Growing IT Skills Gap

The IT skills gap is growing. Both now and in the future, employing skilled IT workers will be a key factor separating successful companies from the ones that fall behind. The demand for advanced skills in programming, app development, and data analysis is on the rise.  Emerging technologies like machine learning and AI are poised to generate at least 133 million new roles by 2022, according to the World Economic Forum. But new jobs aren’t beneficial if no one can fill them. While new technologies are creating more job opportunities than ever, an enormous deficit exists of workers skilled in data science, programming, and development.

Hiring managers can’t count on the ability to bring on new employees that possess these skills. Timing is critical – and acquiring new talent is expensive and highly competitive. Instead, organizations need to invest in training to upskill their existing workforce.

Businesses are overrun by software and applications. Those with 1,000-4,000 employees deploy an average of 44 custom applications today, according to McAfee. Developing applications in-house is easier and cheaper than ever before. But companies struggle to secure the right talent to spin up custom software.

As you can see in the image above, 40 percent of respondents see software/application development as their biggest skills gap. Decision-makers also recognize that finding and hiring qualified talent in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data analysis is a major challenge.

At New Horizons, we’re talking about IT every day—and not just with a variety of clients, but with leading vendors—about industry trends and real-life challenges. And because of these close partnerships, New Horizons is positioned to help businesses like yours leverage our knowledge experts to discuss strategies, implementation, and troubleshooting.

We are here to help you find the right courses for your IT Training needs. Reach out to us!


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