Tech skills shortages continue in the Netherlands
Many of the Netherland’s largest corporations have undergone digital transformation projects, or have at least begun this process, already. Demand has been strong for software developers, engineers and testers. DevOps, a termed only coined in the past few years describing a role which combines Development and Operations skills, is also a rapidly growing discipline.
Enterprise wide digital transformation
The need for niche tech skills in small and medium sized organisations is also increasing. In many cases these businesses are young and nimble, unencumbered by legacy systems and are able to quickly adapt and innovate.
The strong economy is driving these start-ups and giving larger companies the confidence to invest. Strategically, businesses recognise that digital transformation now has to happen enterprise-wide, it can’t just be contained within technology. Businesses need to consider how technology and the digital revolution is affecting every aspect of its product or service delivery. What was once a distinct department is now a strategic imperative permeating across the whole organisation.
The skills being sought are also changing rapidly. New, emerging skills, such as big data, analytics, block-chain, CD/CI, Cloud Solutions (Azure, AWS) and SDN Technology are highly sought after. At the same time, demand is outstripping supply in established areas such as SAP, Oracle, Java, project management, business analysis and general end to end engineers.
With the pace of change in the industry new, specialist skills required for artificial intelligence and robotics, Internet of Things and Big Data will continue to emerge and develop. Because adoption of these technologies is gathering pace, the talent required to manage projects in these areas will take time to catch up.
Businesses have to think outside the box and look at new ways to source these difficult to find, high demand skills. In the long term, the government needs to ensure that the future needs of employers are accommodated in the education system – some universities in other countries have already added Block-chain to their course options for example.
But in the short term, creativity is required to seek out, attract and retain talented people. And this is where we can help.
Employers need to look beyond traditional recruiting methods and further than existing pools of talent. As a business with a global footprint, we can draw on talent pools outside the Netherlands as well as transition people across from non-traditional industry backgrounds. With a substantial database of credible, qualified contractors, we can parachute help in when and where it’s needed. Because we work with the biggest, most forward thinking organisations in the Netherlands, we are on top of hiring trends, and can start seeking out talent for clients before they even know they need it.
If you want to know more about the technology skills landscape in the Netherlands, contact Flip van Eijndhoven here.