Stepping over the ICT skills gap – Part I

The legacy-skilled workforce is retiring and organisations are scrambling for much needed skills in the latest emerging, disruptive technologies such as mobility and digital to close the ICT skills gap.

Scarcity of technical talent and capability is a significant concern across many industries, with some organisations facing talent gaps along multiple fronts. The ICT industry is no exception, the creators of the legacy “baby boomer IT” are now retiring and organisations are scrambling for needed skills in the latest emerging, disruptive technologies such as mobility and digital.

A number of recent Deloitte research reports have identified “Business and Technical Skills Gaps” as a significant issue for the CIO. In June 2015, the ACS (Australian Computer Society), in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics, launched a new report, Australia’s Digital Pulse, which shows that digital technologies is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy.

The report found that ICT relevant occupations represented around 5% of the Australian labour force in 2014,  consisting of around 600,000 ICT workers; with an expected demand forecast for a further 100,000 ICT workers by 2020 (refer to chart).

ICT skills gap
Source: Australia’s Digital Pulse, Key challenges for our nation – digital skills, jobs and education, Australian Computer Society 2015

Despite the demand, the number of graduates with ICT qualifications has declined significantly since the early 2000s. This decline is contributing to a substantial gap in the IT talent pipeline and the report shows that Australia desperately needs a workforce that is equipped with the ICT skills necessary to fuel its digitally-driven economic growth.

In Part II of this topic we will look at how the ICT skills gap is a global issue that affects CIOs around the world.

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