137,000 IT specialists are missing – com! professional

In a representative survey, Bitkom determined that there is currently a shortage of 137,000 IT experts in Germany’s companies across all sectors.

The number of the current survey is even higher than the pre-Corona year 2019, in which 124,000 vacancies were lamented. The corona pandemic had slightly alleviated the shortage of skilled workers in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, 86,000 positions were open for IT specialists, compared to 96,000 a year ago. These are the results of the new Bitkom study on the job market for IT specialists, for which 854 companies from all sectors were surveyed.

Bitkom President Achim Berg: “We are experiencing a structural shortage of skilled workers on the IT job market. The shortage of IT specialists is causing companies more and more problems and will worsen dramatically in the coming years. Demographic change means that significantly fewer young “People with IT qualifications are entering the labor market and at the same time more older people are leaving relevant professions. The shortage of skilled workers is becoming the main obstacle to digital transformation.”

Only eight percent of companies currently say that the supply of IT specialists is sufficient (in 2021 it was still 13 percent), while 74 percent speak of a shortage of skilled workers (2021: 65 percent). And 70 percent expect that the shortage of skilled workers will worsen in the future (2021: 66 percent), only 2 percent (2021: 9 percent) expect it to decrease.

Around a third (37 percent) of companies with vacancies in IT would hire IT specialists from Russia or Belarus if they had previously passed an official security check. However, only one percent of the companies actually did so. From Bitkom’s point of view, the immigration of qualified IT specialists should be further facilitated. This is also important because interest in studying computer science in Germany has fallen for the second year in a row. Last year, only 72,075 people in Germany took up computer science studies, which is 3,000 fewer than in 2020 and almost 6,000 fewer than in 2019. Less than half complete their studies, only 31,125 students successfully completed their studies in 2021 computer science degree

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