On the verge of a skills shortage

Cloud-native newbies more likely to feel the impact of the looming developer shortage

Gabriela Motroc

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Do you have what it takes to survive the upcoming skills shortage? According to Cloud Foundry’s latest Global Perception Study, we are starting to catch a glimpse of a skills shortage which may explode in the foreseeable future. However, if you have discrete technology skills under your belt, you’re in luck.

Cloud Foundry’s latest Global Perception Study, shows that we are starting to catch a glimpse of a skills shortage. The survey which included 845 respondents was conducted and produced by ClearPath Strategies, a strategic consulting and research firm for the world’s leaders and progressive forces; it concluded that we are now on the brink of a shortage of developers.

“The majority (64 percent) of IT professionals and executives agree that there is now or will soon be a developer shortage. Of that majority, 34 percent feel strongly that there ‘is now or will soon be a shortage of skilled developers to meet global demand’.”

Skilled developers are on the brink of extinction

As the survey shows, the hottest skills right now are focused on addressing specific technology needs such as coding with a specific language, mobile app development, and deploying on a specific platform. Companies already have a “hard time hiring developers with the required skills,” especially those that are described as “older” or “established”.

However, what really matters is how far along in their cloud journey they are. The survey also concluded that companies which are not experiencing hiring pains are the ones that are furthest along in their cloud journey; they are also more likely to use PaaS and containers.

The companies that are less advanced on their cloud journey are the ones that see and feel the shortage.

Cloud Foundry suspects that companies which have embraced the cloud and are further along in their cloud journey are more “risk-tolerant” and manage to attract more developers.

These are the most in-demand skills

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Screenshot: Cloud Foundry’s Global Perception Study

Solution to skills shortage

The survey revealed that the best way to fight the skills shortage is to invest in (proper) training. 60 percent of companies said they “first adopt a technology—then upskill, train, or hire as necessary. This is preferred to selecting a new technology based on the skills already available in the company (40 percent).”

Therefore, the best way to address the skills shortage is to train or upskill existing people — not outsource (39 percent) or hire (38 percent). Some of the most popular training methods are formal internal trainings, vendor-led trainings and informal trainings like “lunch-and-learns.”

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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