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The State of the IT Skills Gap

A new report from CompTIA assesses the current IT skills gap and points out the biggest challenges that come along with solving it. Eight in 10 IT and business executives are at least somewhat concerned with the IT skills gap at their organization, and one-quarter are very concerned. The top IT skills gap areas are as follows:

The State of the IT Skills Gap

When asked where they plan to focus their skills gap improvement efforts, 59% of organizations said on existing IT workers, while 35% said on the next generation of IT workers.

Only 1 in 3 organizations indicate they have a formal process and resources in place to address skills gap challenges. The remaining two-thirds of respondents report having only an informal process or no process at all in place. Compounding this lack of focus, more than half of organizations (54%) acknowledge they struggle to some degree in identifying and assessing skills gaps among their workforce.

Top Strategies for Addressing the Skills Gap in the IT Workforce 

  1. Better ways to provide on-the-job experience, such as internships
  2. Better ways to provide intense job training, such as apprenticeships
  3. Early student exposure to careers in IT
  4. Certifications / credentials to validate skills and knowledge
  5. Better assessments / methods for evaluating the skills of job candidates

Ways Skills Gaps Negatively Impact Business

  1. Lower staff productivity (52%)
  2. Lower levels of customer service/engagement (38%)
  3. Lower sales of profitability (33%)
  4. Insufficient speed to market with new products/services (32%)
  5. Insufficient cybersecurity safeguards (32%)
  6. Inability to keep up with competitors (30%)
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