SKILLS SHORTAGE REPORTED BY TWO-THIRDS OF NORTHWEST TECH BUSINESSES.
The city of Manchester has been placed second on the list of the top 10 cities in the UK for digital technology, but there are reports by over 65% of the tech leaders of skills shortage.
The tech industry in the UK is experiencing its most significant skills shortage in more than a decade, with almost two-thirds of Chief Information Officers (64%) reporting a shortfall of talent.
In the report released by the largest IT leadership survey in the world, the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey reveals that almost two-thirds of tech leaders in London (63%) are reporting skills shortages, with the figure being 65% of the North West and 63% in the North East.
With 49%, the North West topped the league table due to its lack of prominent data/ analytics specialists. Harvey Nash has estimated that a further 16,000 leading data/analytics specialists are required to fill this growing skills gap across the UK.
The report states that top skills shortages in the North West and North East in 2019 were:
Big data/analytics – 49% (North West) and 38% (North East).
Developers – 37% (North West).
Technical architecture/ enterprise architecture/ IT strategy – 32% (North East).
AI/ cyber security – 32% (North West).
Automation robotics/ cyber security – 30% (North East).
The CEO of Harvey Nash, Albert Ellis, said: “With technology developing at such a pace, supply can’t keep up – with the most acute shortages at the top end, in advanced fields such as big data/analytics, cybersecurity, and AI.
On Skills shortage Albert Ellis said:
“It is particularly worrying that Northern tech hubs like Manchester and Leeds have experienced more significant rises in skills shortages than London, as these cities are often competing for talent that’s lured to the capital.
“Across the UK, the sector struggling most is transport/logistics where 76% of tech leaders said they are facing a critical skills shortage that is preventing their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change. The top band of companies, those with IT budgets of more than $250m, are also severely hit, with 74% reporting a critical shortage.
“On a positive front, it is encouraging to see how the digital economy is developing outside London. But at the same time, factors that we may have thought unique to London – overheating skills shortages – are also spreading.
“At some point, all of the UK economies will be a digital economy and the government will need to find ways of spreading the value generated evenly. Across the UK, businesses face a challenge in turning these tech skills shortages around.
“Large corporates, in particular, need to find solutions fast. We are seeing quite a profound generational shift in which Millennials are most interested in innovative projects and learning new skills, more so than in salary and job security.
“They are looking to work for enterprises that have a clear purpose, and many of them also care deeply about working for a business with strong ethical, environmental and sustainability credentials. As a result, smaller, younger companies are frequently a more attractive proposition to today’s wave of IT talent.”
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