How to fill the tech skills gap?
The rise of tech has become meteoric – yet the numbers of young people entering the sector are falling. The number of teens studying IT subjects at GCSE level has dropped by 40% since 2015, according to the Learning and Work Institute.
Women and people of colour are also drastically underrepresented in tech, meaning the younger generation lacks diverse role models. Yet only 20% of companies that hire tech professionals think they need to encourage more women into the sector.
Cyber security, data and software development, and business intelligence are suffering the greatest shortages, particularly in Yorkshire, the North West, and London, according to Total Jobs.
In terms of seniority, the mid-senior job role bracket is hit hardest with a 55% gap, while junior/entry-level roles are suffering a 36% gap, and senior and director-level roles just 9%, perhaps because these roles are more about leadership skills than tech skills.
Top 5 strategies to fill the skills gap
If you’re an employer suffering from a dearth of skilled tech professionals, these are the five most productive strategies you can use to solve the problem.
1. Recruit skilled temporary or contract workers.
2. Work with a specialist recruitment agency that can connect you with the people you need.
3. Start internally training your existing staff to fill more skilled roles.
4. Also use external training companies to develop and upskill your people.
5. Use LinkedIn to look for skilled tech professionals, and retool your employer brand to attract top tech talent.
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