The cloud is a game-changer for businesses, but it’s also creating new challenges for organizations that are trying to hire people with the skills they need to succeed in this new world. More than 70 percent of companies surveyed said their cloud skills shortage has impacted their ability to recruit and retain top talent.
The cloud is a game-changer for business, but it’s also creating new challenges for organizations that are trying to hire staff with the skills they need. More than 70 percent of companies surveyed say their cloud skills shortage has affected their ability to attract and retain top talent. But what does that mean? And how can you overcome this challenge?
In our latest research we found that:
- The cloud skills gap is real – and growing
- Employees are frustrated at not being able to get the training they need
- Top performers are leaving because there aren’t enough opportunities
- The biggest barrier to overcoming the cloud skills gap is a lack of awareness about the technology itself
We spoke to over 100 CIOs, IT leaders, and HR professionals from large enterprises across Europe and North America to understand how they’re tackling the problem. Here are some key findings:
1. The cloud skills gap is a real issue – and growing
- Over half (53%) of respondents said their company had experienced an increase in cloud skills shortages over the past year.
- Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents said their organization was experiencing cloud skills shortages in one or more areas.
- Respondents cited several reasons why cloud skills shortages were happening including:
o Lack of understanding about what the cloud means for employees
o A mismatch between the skills required and those available
o A lack of awareness about cloud technologies themselves
o Lack of knowledge about the specific tools needed to work effectively within the cloud
2. Companies are struggling to find skilled workers
- Nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents said they struggle to fill positions requiring cloud skills.
- Of this 62%, almost half (48%) said they have been unable to fill roles due to a lack of qualified candidates.
- Around a quarter (26%) of respondents said they are having difficulty filling roles as a result of a lack of interest among potential applicants.
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3. Employees are frustrated at not getting the training they need
A third (33%) of respondents said their employees felt undervalued when it came to using cloud technologies.
- Around a fifth (20%) of respondents said their workforce would be less productive if they weren’t given access to the necessary training.
4. Top performers are leaving because they don’t see enough opportunities
- More than a third (36%) of respondents said their most talented employees were leaving their organization because there wasn’t enough opportunity for them to use their skills.
- This figure rises to nearly half (47%) of respondents who said they didn’t feel confident about giving their team members the support they need to learn new skills.
5. The biggest barrier to overcoming cloud skills gaps is a lack of awareness of the technology itself
- Respondents identified a lack of awareness about cloud technology as the biggest barrier to overcoming cloud skill shortages.
- When asked which factors were preventing them from hiring people with the right skills, respondents listed ‘lack of awareness about cloud technology as the top reason.
6. There’s still time to tackle this problem
- even though companies are struggling to overcome cloud skills shortages, many organizations still have time to address the issue.
- Just over half (51%) of respondents said their organizations had already started to deal with cloud skills shortages.
- And more than a third (37%) said they expected to start dealing with cloud skills shortages by the end of 2017.
How the Freelance Cloud Engineers are Helping Businesses Succeed
The freelance cloud engineers surveyed by Gartner are helping businesses succeed through a range of services.
- Over half (53%) of respondents said they provide consulting services.
- These services include:
– Training and mentoring on how to operate in the cloud
– Providing advice on how to best utilize cloud solutions
– Assisting with the migration of existing systems into the cloud
- Almost one in five (18%) respondents said they provide managed service offerings.