Lagging IT skills plague global businesses with vacant IT jobs

March 24, 2014

The more developed technology becomes, the more IT jobs will be created as companies employ individuals who can actually implement these tools. While this is a pretty straightforward concept, it appears that younger generations are not prepared to capitalize on this employment projection. Despite the anticipated rising demand for tech professionals, there are fewer students throughout the world who are picking up desirable STEM skills from their education, which is likely to cause a growing IT talent gap.

In general, America's youth seems to be lagging when it comes to acquiring the right knowledgebase in all academic faculties. For this reason, they are finishing schools without practical skills that would set them up for a solid future. According to The New York Times, compared to other developed nations, the United States has a relatively low-performing population in terms of literacy, math and problem-solving capabilities. This does not bode well for businesses in need of a rising number of viable IT job candidates further down the road.

Even now, there are many employers who claim that they are unable to find the qualified staff prospects equipped with the proper know-how to complete necessary tech tasks. Although some experts argue that businesses may be able to attract higher skilled labor if they boost their salary packages, others just do not see Americans putting in the extra effort to foster the skills that are valued by recruiters. Consequently, IT jobs and positions throughout a variety of other industry sectors will continue to go unfilled.

International issues with filling IT jobs
The United States is hardly the only nation across the globe that is currently experiencing a skilled labor shortage. ABC reports that in Australia, the number of tech employment prospects is dangerously low. A recent Economist Intelligence Unit study found that 66 percent of multinational enterprises based there are experiencing difficulties with IT job vacancies, expecting this narrow candidate pool to wane even further and impact their bottom line in a matter of five years.

Prompted by these jarring predictions, this nation's companies have found solutions that allow them to harness the skilled tech labor that they need to perform their IT functions. ABC explains that with the help of increased mobile technology, many businesses in Australia have been tapping into cloud computing and online resources for meeting their employment demand. With these capabilities, tech professionals from anywhere in the world can access their data and employ advanced solutions to get the job done. Though this assists enterprises at the moment, it doesn't address the root of the problem, which may lead to long-term issues.