Digital Skills Crisis – A HR perspective

The digital skills crisis is growing. As a result, figures indicate that there will be more than 1.2 million unfilled ICT jobs in the western world by 2020. The reason for this gap? There are not enough digitally skilled workers to fill the needs of the ever-evolving digital landscape.

The Digital Skills Crisis – Time to Act

Code Institute’s white paper, “The Digital Skills Crisis – Time to Act”, highlights that 40% of employers find it difficult to hire ICT staff. This is a dilemma for Human Resource departments as they enter a competition for skilled software developers. The demand for developers with 3 or more year’s experience is far too high. Companies are head hunting from other companies. Consequently, the shortage is growing.

Another problem for HR professionals is that universities are unable to provide qualified, up-to-date, graduates fast enough to fulfil even junior developer roles. Because computer science covers such a wide range of subjects, those who do graduate after a three or four-year university program often need to reskill in software development because, by graduation, technologies and languages may have changed.

Examining recruitment strategies

HR departments must examine other avenues. More companies like Google, Apple, and EY are examining their recruitment strategies. No longer do they just confine their digital talent to those who hold university degrees in computer sciences. In fact, Joanna Daley, IBM’s Vice President of Talent, said that IBM now looks at candidates with hands-on experience via a coding bootcamp.

By re-examining their recruitment process for digital needs, HR managers will be in a position to solve some of their digital skills gap. There are various ways of changing how companies approach digital talent. Firstly, HR teams need to realise that there is a value from bootcamp-educated graduates. Because the stealth at which technology is changing, bootcamp-educated developers are often more up-to-date in terms of coding languages than those students who are learning at a slower pace in a computer science course.

Languages that industry demands

For example, Code Institute’s Full Stack Software Development programme is designed with input from an Industry Advisory Council (IAC). The IAC council is made up of representatives from global companies such as Accenture, Capgemini, GSK and more. Their insights mean that Code Institute teaches languages that industry demands. The IAC’s experience highlights to Code Institute precisely what’s needed in today’s digital workforce.

Memorandum of Understanding

Many companies are now creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with education providers. As a result, companies who have an MoU with Code Institute have easy access to fresh developers. Similarly, these developers are ready for industry. Code Institute’s AMOS system (Analytical Monitoring of Online Students) allows insights for business partners. It can tell them how students fare through different sections of the programme.

Graduates of Code Institute’s programme are awarded a globally recognised Diploma in Software Development. Furthermore, it is credit-rated by the University of the West of Scotland. The programme is approved by a growing list of Government bodies in Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Sweden and North America.

Now is the time to act on the digital skills crisis. Contact our partner team today. See how Code Institute’s Full Stack in Software Development can help fill your company’s digital skills gap.

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