IT skills gap (information technology skills gap)

IT skills gap (information technology skills gap) is a term referring to the difference between existing workplace knowledge and the talents required to fulfill an IT organization's needs to align with business objectives.

IT skills gap (information technology skills gap) is the difference between existing IT workplace knowledge and the knowledge required to fulfill business objectives.

Closing the IT skills gap by aligning the current state of workforce IT knowledge with forecasted future needs is a complicated proposition for C-level executives. Today, employers often struggle to locate and retain qualified tech talent, especially individuals with coding, application development and data analysis skills. In many instances, IT jobs remain unfilled for extended periods of time as employers carefully seek out candidates. 

Rapid changes in technology in such areas as mobility, cloud, social, big data, and the Internet of Things require IT professionals to continuously improve their hard skills and keep up with emerging technology.  At the same time, IT professionals are also challenged to improve their soft skills so they can communicate more effectively and work with people outside the IT department. The IT skills gap can be reduced by having employees seek skill-specific training outside the organization, initiating an in-house mentoring program and rewarding employees who continue to develop their skill sets. 

This was first published in July 2014

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