Cloud Computing to Create Millions of IT Jobs, report Finds

December 27, 2012

IT professionals may be concerned about the impact cloud computing could have on their careers, but they shouldn't ignore the possibilities. A recent study by Microsoft and IDC predicted that 7 million cloud-based IT jobs will be available worldwide by 2015.

"Cloud computing is crucial to the bottom line of the company – it creates cost savings and efficiencies for companies and their customers," said Cushing Anderson, program vice president at IDC. "Therefore, a cloud-savvy workforce is essential to the success of the IT industry's financial health."

According to the report, the worldwide high-tech sector is supposed to achieve a 4.3 percent company annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2015, adding more than 29 million IT jobs in the process. Cloud computing is expected to account for nearly a quarter of those positions, with cloud-based tech jobs seeing a 26 percent CAGR during that same time frame.

Job training extremely important
Nearly two-thirds of companies are using, planning to use or currently implementing cloud computing programs, according to the Microsoft and IDC report. At the same time, the study also found that a lack of training, certification or experience were the main reasons that 1.7 million cloud-based IT jobs could not be filled in 2012.

"Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven't been needed in the past," Anderson said. "There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing."

The Asia-Pacific region is projected to hire more than 2.3 million cloud-related IT professionals through 2015, and a separate IDC report found that the cloud computing market in India could grow 50 percent over the next three years. However, a study by HCL Technologies revealed that only 5.7 percent of current high-tech workers are qualified to handle future trends like enterprise mobility and the cloud, according to The Times of India.

Outsourcing the answer?
Ruhuta Rammohan, who leads the human resources department at AMP Technologies, told the news source it took "around six months" to fill 15 cloud developer positions. Rammohan said that most companies outsource these types of functions to specialized IT service companies or simply train their own employees.

Even so, there is some reason for optimism. A survey by Host Analytics found that 83 percent of CIOs can easily find technical help for cloud-based applications when needed.