A New Report Reveals Difficulty Filing Positions Within IT Industry

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IT firms are struggling with understaffing and filing positions, according to a recent report released by CompTIA earlier this month.

The State of IT Skills Gap report released on October 2nd revealed many IT firms are understaffed, with only 25% of firms reporting no need to hire in the immediate future. Consequently, 75% of firms reported a need to hire more IT professionals in some capacity, with one third (33%) of IT firms identifying as being understaffed and 42% reporting a need to hire in order to expand. Similarly, 52% of all IT companies currently have job openings.

Strategies to cope with understaffing include having workers put in more time on the job, re-deploying staff from lower priority projects to higher priority projects, using more contract or temporary workers, and postponing or canceling projects.

The IT industry may also be experiencing difficulty filling positions in a timely manner, with 57% of respondents reporting at least an average of two months wait time to fill a technical position. Further, 57% of IT firms indicate some degree of challenge in hiring technical workers, largely due to a lack of candidates with enough experience (44%), a lack of hard skills (37%), and a lack of availability within a local market (37%).

Among firms looking to expand, the top technology priorities include security/cyber security, data storage/back-up, network infrastructure, and web/online presence/e-commerce.

According to the report, the most in-demand IT job titles in Q2 were software engineers, java software developers, systems engineers, network engineers, .Net developers, software developers, web developers, systems administrators, systems analysts and data analysts.

Across all industries, many businesses are also seeking to improve their IT skills, with only 16% of businesses identifying as being exactly where they want to be, and 40% identifying as being very close. Consequently, nearly half of businesses (44%) seek significant improvement on their IT skills. The top areas affected by IT skills gaps are staff productivity, customer service/customer engagement, security/defending (against malware, hacking, etc.), innovation/ new product development, and speed to market with new products or services.

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