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ICT skills gap still a problem for Netherlands’ employers

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know there’s a skills shortage in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sectors around the world. The numbers being quoted range anywhere between 500,000 to 900,000 in Europe to 1 million in the USA.

While the EU is trying to solve the issue, there’s still a large gap that needs to be filled. The Netherlands may rank 26th in the world for best developers, however, it is no exception to this skills gap.

Hays Global Skills Index tells us that software engineers and online developers are two of the five top key skills in demand in the Netherlands. According to their research, job vacancies in the ICT sector grew during 2016. Robert van Veggal, Managing Director, Hays Netherlands, said,  “that the UN expects the working age population to shrink by half a per cent between 2015 and 2020, and by 1.8 per cent between 2020 and 2025” – this means that employers will have to deal with a diminishing talent pool.

ICT skills rank high in resumes

No matter what industry that you are currently in, it is certain that IT skills will rank high for resumes. In the 2018 Developer Skills report, created by HackerRank.com and based on answers from more than 39,000 developers worldwide, of all of the developers who didn’t start coding until after the age of 26, 36% are now in senior and higher level developer roles.

The same research tells us that developers and potential developers are using their heads and learning the languages which are most sought after in the ICT jobs market. The most sought-after languages among employers are Javascript, Java, Python, C++, and C. The same research tells us that JavaScript is where the biggest skills gap lies. While the biggest gap appears to be with Javascript, the developer’s favourite language appears to be Python, according to HackerRank’s “Love-Hate” index. Python is popular due to its “simplicity, readability, and vast possibilities of scientific libraries”.

Of the 7,000+ employers who were surveyed, more than 41% said that “not enough talent” was their biggest hiring challenge.

According to CBS.nl, there were 72 thousand ICT companies in the Netherlands in 2016. During Q4 of 2016, more than 10,000 ICT job vacancies were left unfilled. The number of unfilled ICT roles then jumped to 12.3 thousand unfilled vacancies after Q1 of 2017. One-quarter of companies with unfilled vacancies were forced to produce less in Q2 of 2017. This was due to a shortage of skilled ICT employees.

Average Salary

At the time of writing, the average software developer salary in the Netherlands starts from circa €36k. After 5 years, the average developer earns circa €51k, according to Payscale.com.

To fill this worldwide skills gap, the Code Institute has developed a university credit-rated Full Stack Diploma in Software Development. To start your first ICT journey, register below for our next Amsterdam Open Evening