The Big Cloud Skills Gap

A recent study by market intelligence firm IDC shows that about 1.7 million cloud computing jobs couldn’t be filled due to lack of training and certification as well as experience. Businesses are moving to the cloud at an exponentially accelerating rate. Various surveys of IT executives shows that 50% consider cloud a ‘high’ to ‘very high’ priority, 67% are either planning to or are already using cloud computing, and 75% are concerned about security, access, and data control.

The majority of IT jobs require cloud-related skills with 26% annual growth in the demand for cloud related positions through 2015 and 92% higher demand for cloud related skills versus a year ago. IT jobs require ‘cloud-ready’ professionals. 57% of hiring managers are concerned about their current staff’s cloud-related skills, and 61% are concerned about the availability of skills in the job marketplace. A recent salary report from Global Knowledge shows that the top training needs for 2013 are cloud and virtualization.

The cloud skills gap needs to be addressed today. The Cloud Credential Council has started to close the gap by developing training courses and exams leading to the CCC Cloud Technology Associate certificate.

About the Author:
This guest article was provided by Marcel Heilijgers, Executive Director of the Cloud Credential Council, a global non-profit organization focused on accelerating successful cloud adoption through the advancement of cloud competences.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, and his Master of Business Administration from Leicester University.  He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, having led business units at Novell and Microsoft. 

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