ICT Skills Shortage

23072014-National_Skills_Bulletin _2014--Publication“In 2013, vacancies for ICT professionals and technicians were numerous. Employment growth in ICT occupations is expected to be above average over the short to medium term. This is also illustrated in frequent job announcements for ICT professionals and technicians (e.g. KEMP technologies, VCE, Westbourne IT Global Services, IBM, HP, ZeniMax, Agile Networks). – The National Skills Bulletin 2014 (A Report by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs)

FIT-ICT-Skills-Audit-2014“Ireland is perfectly poised to become a genuine global technology hub. However, we are not alone in this ambition. Time is of the essence and we must be smart and innovative in how we meet the sector’s needs. There are currently 7,000 immediate vacancies. This is significantly more than when the survey was last carried out in 2012. 5% of demand is for entry and competent level skill sets with only 25% required at expert level. Much of this demand could be addressed through technology skills development programmes ranging from 6 months to 24 months at Level 5 to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Disciplines noted with significant vacancy levels include: Programming; Software Development Tools and Methodologies; Platform Administration; Networking & PC Maintenance; CRM; Contact Centre Support; Project Management. – 2014 FIT ICT Skills Audit