Higher education is unable to cope with the IT shortage

The demand for IT professionals in Hungary has doubled: employers could hire 44,000 digital professionals in the next two years if they did not have to reckon with the realities of the labor market, ie the growing shortage of professionals from year to year, according to a recent study. According to the parties, one of the most important findings of the extensive survey conducted by eNET Internetkutató és Tanácsadó Kft. On behalf of ITM, IVSZ and KIFÜ is that traditional higher education cannot follow the demand for IT specialists in the labor market at virtually any level.

The research surveyed 3,140 companies, 2,159 IT professionals, 1,785 high school and 2,170 early school leavers, conducted 60 in-depth interviews, and analyzed nearly 11,000 job postings. The comprehensive research, based on an analysis of the demand and supply side, found that market demand for IT professionals will exceed the output of the education system for years to come: some 9,000 IT jobs are currently vacant while scissors are opening, and current trends suggest that two in a year’s time, the difference between market demand and training output could be as high as 26,000.

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According to the labor market research repeated five years later, the number of graduate IT specialists has increased only slightly since 2015, with fluctuating application rates and high drop-out rates. Although IT training programs in adult education have become popular in recent years, their emergence alone is not sufficient to substantially alleviate the IT gap, as 72 percent of jobs would require a tertiary IT degree (30 percent of which would be a master’s degree). Due to the significant shortage of labor, the employer is forced to either employ an employee with a lower level of education than expected or to wait for the planned development, the study says.

According to the research, the various training systems (higher education, vocational training, OKJ, bootcamp training) will bring about 18 thousand new professionals into the labor market in the next two years. However, this is still not enough to serve the rapidly expanding needs of the market. In 2015, research carried out by BellResearch on behalf of IVSZ and NFM using a similar methodology identified 3,000 vacancies and concluded that it could employ a total of an additional 22,000 people within two years if the right quantity and quality of staff were available. the market. By 2020, the number of currently vacant jobs has tripled to 9,000 and the employment potential has doubled to 44,000.

In the light of the research results, IVSZ will review and expand its previous proposals on alleviating the IT and digital skills shortage in the coming weeks, and then present the package of proposals to government decision-makers. According to the organization, it is already clear that the gap between supply and demand is so large that the transformation of higher education alone cannot solve it, so a complex, coherent strategy with several points of intervention is needed.

Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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