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The skills gap is a growing concern in the tech industry

The skills gap is a growing concern among IT professionals as the industry struggles to find a quick fix. Cloudreach, an Atos company, revealed that more than 70% of IT managers globally see lack of skills as a pressing concern. In addition, a recent BT survey shows that insurmountable barriers to reskilling leave UK employees feeling trapped in their career path.

Cloudreach, an Atos company and a leading multi-cloud service provider, has released new data highlighting the latest trends in cloud technology, highlighting the impact the cloud skills gap is having on businesses . More than 70% of IT leaders surveyed globally consider lack of skills a pressing concern. More than half of respondents said it slowed them down (46%) or posed an existential crisis for the business (9%).

The data was published in an IDC Infobrief “How to be a digital leader in 2022” commissioned by Cloudreach and Amazon Web Services (AWS), ultimately supporting the Atos OneCloud strategic initiative. The research also delves into the current and growing role of cloud technology in supporting business growth and sustainability efforts.

As more organizations rush to adopt cloud technology to improve efficiency and sustainability, the report sheds light on how the industry needs more skilled professionals than ever to sustain its operations. Business leaders are finding that their cloud transformation initiatives are increasingly hampered by a lack of skilled professionals, with 34% of respondents saying the shortage has reduced their ability to operate and launch services.

The low supply of cloud skills is also hurting innovation, leading to high turnover and wage inflation. According to respondents, multi-cloud capabilities, cloud systems development, and cloud governance were the top three areas most affected by the skills gap.

“This study confirms that there is a shortage of cloud talent today, threatening cloud transformation projects that are critical to business survival,” said Brooks Borcherding, CEO of Cloudreach. “Talented architects and engineers are key to fulfilling the promise of the cloud for businesses and the opportunities are huge for their careers. This skills gap challenges organizations to find new ways to recruit, hire and develop talent; including removing barriers to entry that have historically limited diversity within the industry.

“Companies are recognizing the importance of cloud infrastructure in helping them grow and become more efficient and this study confirms that demand for cloud services continues to grow,” said Vittorio Sanvito, Director of Partner Development EMEA at AWS. “That’s why we’re working so hard to help close the skills gap in EMEA and globally with our partners like Cloudreach and Atos. AWS is also committed to helping 29 million people around the world develop their technology skills through free cloud computing training by 2025. We are attracting more people to professional cloud careers and increasing the diversity of the cloud workforce.

And as the country’s workforce undergoes a radical transformation, the “Great Resignation” signals a thirst for change. For new and existing industries, this trend is exacerbating already entrenched and emerging skills shortages.

A survey conducted by BT found that given the opportunity, 69% of people would retrain and work in another specialty, with technology (18%), healthcare (17%) and finance (10%) being at the top of the list of industries people wished they could move into.

Many employed UK adults dream of changing their circumstances, as almost a quarter (22%) of the UK workforce revealed they were unhappy with their current job, while almost half (42%) feel trapped in their current field of work with no clear way to change their career path.

However, research shows that the barriers to acquiring the skills needed to bring about change are too great, leaving Britons feeling left out. More than a third (31%) think they are too old to learn new skills, (28%) say the uncertainty of stepping into a new industry is their biggest concern, and ( 24%) say they can’t afford to take the time to study and get the credentials they need for their dream role.

Yet as employees look to challenge themselves with new skills and responsibilities, nearly one in 10 (8%) fear their current role would be put at risk if their company knew they were interested in a job. other work. This doubles (19%) among young people (18-24 years old) who also say that their biggest obstacle to retraining is that they do not know how to change their situation (39%).

BT recently launched a unique 16-week reskilling program, in conjunction with CAPSLOCK, to help fill the gap in people with cybersecurity skills and continue its commitment to investing in its people. The initiative will see BT employees across its Consumer and Global divisions supported as they make bold changes to their career paths by being reskilled and placed in critical cybersecurity roles, while retaining their pay.

However, despite the strong job stability and career path that cybersecurity offers, BT’s research suggests that more needs to be done when it comes to awareness and perceptions of the industry. Before knowing more about the sector, only 4% of British adults would consider cyber as an alternative industry if they had to retrain; this drops to as little as 1% for people who identify as female.

When asked to describe a cybersecurity professional, more than half (54%) said a man, compared to (18%) a woman. Additionally, 39% of people said they imagine someone with a bachelor’s degree or higher. The perception of the job is that it is too technical (32%), with little understanding of the value of other soft skills that could be applied (45%).

The perception that new and evolving fields of work require expert technical skills to do well can discourage potential employees who want to change their career path. CAPSLOCK’s mission in partnership with BT is to change that perception because they believe that with the right attitude, determination and support, anyone – regardless of experience, background or age – has the potential to start a career in IT, technology or cybersecurity.

Jamie, a former call center team leader and one of 30 BT employees who started the 16-week online course, said: “I had never even considered a role in cybersecurity until I discuss the retraining program with a colleague. I never went to college so I didn’t feel like I had the right education and I couldn’t imagine how I could have gotten my foot in the door for a job like this . Being able to retrain and take that leap into the future of my career is a chance to reach my full potential.

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