The Irish ICT Skills Gap

Go to any Irish job site and type in the words “IT”, “Technology” or “Developer”. There are literally thousands of jobs available in the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sector. There is an Irish ICT skills gap, and now is the time for career changers to make the move.

This is not a problem that’s unique to Ireland. In the Netherlands, recent reports show that up to 3,000 ICT roles go unfilled each month.

Accordingly, this results in companies producing less for their business, and therefore, they are losing potential revenue. ICT-skilled staff are seeing increased incomes as a result of this.

Indeed, there is a widening ICT skill shortage across Europe. Figures currently on offer show a gap of between 500,000 and 900,000. According to the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), the European market could “absorb” another 756,000 ICT practitioners, if they were available. Other reports tell us that the figure is as high as 1 million in the USA. The world is screaming out for people with coding experience.

Eurostat Statistics indicate that 41% of companies trying to recruit ICT professionals are finding it a challenge to find ICT practitioners. For HR managers, this is a nightmare. Difficulty in getting staff can result in expensive losses.

Irish ICT Skills Gap – turning into a chasm?

Skill shortages are not new phenomena. We’ve witnessed it before in other industries (like the building industry in the 1990s). These same shortages have created issues for HR departments, hiring managers and both internal and external recruiters. The fact that the Irish ICT skills gap is turning into a chasm as opposed to a gap is a very worrying problem.

New roles, requiring new skill sets are coming to the fore all the time in the ICT world. This is an indication as to how important, how necessary and how quick the tech world is. Times have changed too and these types of roles are not just important in the IT industry, but every industry is on the lookout for ICT staff. That shows how technologically advanced the world is coming.

A recent article about the Irish ICT skills gap by Brian Mooney in The Irish TImes  talks about how ICT is permeating “all sectors of the economy”. Mr Mooney uses the following example, “Accounting firms today don’t only hire accountants – they are also on the lookout for marketing, IT and engineering graduates.”

The Irish ICT skills gap is getting wider. At present, skilled staff are required quickly in data analytics, cybersecurity and fintech (financial technology). Closing these gaps is essential.

Modern technology holds a solution

Modern technology has put us in a position where we currently hold a solution for these problems. E-learning can educate and qualify people much faster than traditional learning. Traditionally, you would have to take part in a computer science degree to be academically approved in software development. However, disruptive technology in the education sector has put us in a position where we can provide an academically credit-rated course which will have you industry-ready between 3 and 12 months.

Industry Advisory Council

It is Code Institute’s goal to close the skills gap. It is with industry in mind that we built our course. So far, 88% of students who complete the Diploma in Software Development are employed within 6 months of completion. Part of the reason for this is because the course has been designed with help and insights from the Industry Advisory Council (IAC).

The (IAC) is a representative body, comprising of industry employers, recruiters, academics, enterprise organisations and startups. The group provides validation and guidance around the education and certification programs created by Code Institute.

Because of their provision of expert, peer reviews and recommendations on a regular basis, the IAC ensures that Code Institute graduates have the skills necessary to gain employment and subsequently grow and prosper in their new job.

If you have been considering a career change and consequently you’re in search of a new direction, now is a perfect time to enter the world of code.

So, if you’d like to hear more, Code Institute holds regular open evenings. In fact, why not join our next European open evening?

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