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Technology: Lack of Skilled Workers Slows Tech Adoption

By Dick Weisinger

A lack of workers trained on emerging technologies is holding back companies from adopting technology, according to Gartner. Almost two-thirds of companies cited technology talent shortage as the main barrier that organizations need to overcome to adopt new technologies.

Yinuo Geng, research vice president at Gartner, said that “the ongoing push toward remote work and the acceleration of hiring plans in 2021 has exacerbated IT talent scarcity, especially for sourcing skills that enable cloud and edge, automation and continuous delivery. As one example, of all the IT automation technologies profiled in the survey, only 20% of them have moved ahead in the adoption cycle since 2020. The issue of talent is to blame here.”

Alan Guarino, a vice chairman at Korn Ferry, said that “it’s pure supply and demand. Companies are paying more, they’re hiring more, but there is still a shortage of high-skilled tech workers. Technology is the thread that runs across every aspect of business.”

Part of the issue may be a difficuty in the recruitment of entry-level workers. There is a lack of interest in technology from college students.

Shaheen Sayed, technology lead at Accenture, said that “If the digital native generation is not turning to technology as a career option, then we have a huge pipeline problem for the technology profession. Young people know technology is completely redefining the world right now – but their lack of confidence in securing a tech job indicates a worrying disconnect between young people, particularly girls, and a changing jobs market.”

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