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It research – Programming your future!

Digital capabilities are becoming dominant in an increasing number of sectors of the domestic economy. It is therefore of the utmost importance to find the right development projects.

The aim of the future programme is to enable as many graduates as possible to take up their careers in the increasingly important IT sector in our national economy in the coming years.

In this context, the main objective of the project is to renew IT education. It identified the development of the indispensable knowledge base as Pillar I.

Labour shortages: 44 thousand IT specialists can be required in 2 years!

Slowly, I repeat again that there is a persistent shortage of technologies such as IT. This is confirmed by current research findings. According to the results of a representative questionnaire survey involving more than 500 ICT companies and more than 2500 other companies, more than 9 thousand IT posts are currently vacant.

However, this is only an acute deficit and the domestic market would be able to absorb significantly more IT specialists in the near future. If firms were not to face the reality of labour shortages, they could potentially hire 44 thousand IT specialists in the next two years.

System administrators most needed

The research looked at the most demand for IT specialists in three main areas.

  • 12 thousand people would be employed as software developers and software engineers
  • 6 thousand people could be employed in systems designers, architects and business analysts
  • 17 thousand administrators and general administrators would be required

IT specialists are therefore and will continue to be expected on the very broad portfolio of the market. The role of administrator seems to be needed in a large number of places, as the maintenance of IT infrastructure is a priority in all sectors.

According to the findings of the research, the market demand for IT experts continues to outperform the output of the education system for several years, while there is a trend towards demand.

Digitalisation measurement methodology has also been developed

Another important commitment of research was to make digitalisation in the sector measurable. A methodology was also developed and tested during the conduct of the research.

In order to test the methodology, three sectors (outside the ICT sector) were identified with significant levels of internal digitalisation, high demand for IT specialists and a key role for domestic businesses: vehicle manufacturing, energy, and the financial and insurance sector.

To date, it has been possible to test the qualitative phase of the methodology. This confirmed the growing presence of digitalisation in the non-ICT sectors under consideration.

Following expert interviews, the following results can be identified:

  • Around 30 % of digital workers in the financial sector and experts expect an increasing pace of digital transformation
  • The share of digital workers in vehicle manufacturing is estimated at 55 %.
  • In the energy sector, this figure is around 60 %.