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By 2020, the call will miss a million in IT professionals

The Information technology guarantees 78% of its employees a full-time job, but only 23% have the necessary skills to operate at the highest levels. By the 2020 will be missing 900 thousand specialized professionals. This was revealed by a report of the European consortium CEPIS, which also noted Italy: ours is not a country for young people and women also struggle, more than elsewhere, to find a job in information technology.

In the European Union, the unemployment rate is 9.8%: about 23.8 million people can’t find work. In Italy the percentage, coming to 12.6% for more than 7.6 million unemployed. Yet, there is one area that needs professionals like air, but doesn’t seem to find enough: any outsiders, but qualified people, who can accompany the sector in a constant growth.

This is the world of Information technology that, perhaps more than any other, needs highly format People and able to keep up with the times and to drive innovation. But severe shortage of these professionals is slowing in recent months Europe’s ability to boost competitiveness.

And the situation could worsen with the passage of time: according to the survey “e-Competence Benchmark“, conducted by CEPIS (non-profit organization which groups 36 European companies in information technology) by 2020 the industry may need 900 thousand workers, but will fail to find them. And it is not just a speech quantity, but also quality: only 23% of people involved in IT now has the necessary skills to operate at the highest levels.

This is the same manpower to judge largely inadequate, because the survey of CEPIS is based on online self-assessment tools framed in the European e-Competence Framework, born to measure digital competence in the Old Continent.

The collected own numbers show a huge gap between the theoretical knowledge of professionals and actual. One example: only 7% of the project manager, the most common profile among the 2,200 survey participants, is expected to have the preparation by the European framework to carry out this task.

Still, the ICT sector provides a range of uses that will resist fiercely to the continuing economic crisis, it is true that 78% of people in the study working full time and 36% are hired by big business groups . But the most popular profiles on the market today are not those that the sector will need in the future. It cited its project managers, the top of the list, but these are not just: follow developers, consultants, systems administrators, CIOs and technology specialists. All careers intended, according to CEPIS, to reduce their importance and their value in the company.

On the generation front and side of gender, however, you can still see serious shortages of young people busy and a gender imbalance. As if to say that the Fund It, in some ways, then does not differ much from the rest of the general scenario. The European average age for a professional is 42 years and only 16% are under 30 . Across the continent, in addition, only 15% are women and the most common figures are ICT trainer and project manager.

What happens in Italy

Equal access to the labor market is a very sensitive issue even in the Italy.

The average age of IT workers is in line with that of Europe, but the young people in Italy pays a record that no one would want to hold: The percentage of workers under thirty is by far the lowest in the EU (11.2%). Same think for the women, corresponding to 11% of all IT professionals, four points less than the EU data.

The Peninsula doesn’t differ too much from other countries on the level of education of employees, at least with regard to higher education levels, although a third of professionals has an educational background isn’t focused on ICT.

With access to university the question changes and fork with the EU widens: the rate of workers with bachelor, master or doctorate is below the European average (79% vs. 86%). Only 26% of Italians who participated in the survey has obtained a master’s or a doctorate, while the average for the rest of the continent instead of 40%.

The situation is obviously not the same within the different profiles required by the companies. In three cases (developers, database and systems administrators) the level of educational attainment is below average of colleagues in other countries. Instead, for roles such as business information manager, business analyst, ICT security manager, project manager and account manager is found that at least 90% of respondents have obtained a degree or higher qualification.

Ultimately we face a scenario even in highlight and shadow, well summarized by Giulio Occhini, Director of AICA, the Association representing the consortium CEPIS in Italy.

The ICT professionals – explained – have the potential to provide a huge contribution to the economic recovery of Europe, but this will not happen unless you find enough people with the appropriate skills. Ensuring a sufficient number of workers with the right skills must become a top priority for all and in particular Italy, where it is essential to encourage more young people to careers in information technology.”

Competitiveness on the global market is also essential by computer skills and digital field, in short, do not we find some time.

Source: The Press February 8th, 2016

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