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The traditional “IT industry career is in decline, threatening the careers of 10 million employees,” said an internal memo by outsourcing company HCL Technologies and quoted by the India Times. HCL’s Rajiv Sodhi commented that less than 5.7 percent of the current IT workers are ready to work in new technology areas like the cloud and mobile.
Similarly, a Microsoft-sponsored study by IDC found that many companies said that they’re looking for employees who are trained with cloud skills, but are not able to find the right applicants — as many as 1.7 million cloud-related jobs went unfilled in 2012. The IDC study found that by 2015 the demand for technology workers with cloud skills would grow 26 percent to 7 million.
Cushing Anderson, vice president of IDC, said that “Despite modest growth of the IT sector overall in the U.S., cloud-ready jobs are increasing as we head into 2013, but with this increase comes the harsh reality that workforces around the world are steps behind when it comes to attaining the skills necessary to thrive in the cloud computing industry. Unlike IT skill shortages in the past, solving this skills gap is extremely challenging, given that cloud brings a new set of skills, which haven’t been needed in the past. There is no one-size-fits-all set of criteria for jobs in cloud computing.”
Adina Mangubat, CEO of the Seattle-based Spiral Genetics, said that “At this point, universities have to produce people who understand the cloud. I think we’re seeing a shift for almost everybody. No matter what field you’re in, biology or art history, you’re going to have to understand how cloud computing works. I think we’re going to see every industry dealing with data.”