Discussions about software developer shortage are in the air. Some resources claim there is a severe talent shortage globally, while others keep telling it's a fuss about nothing. To unravel the truth, let's investigate the topic in detail.
Germany: There is a lack of IT professionals in almost all regions of Germany too – says Simon Ricker, Business Development Manager at Daxx, who's working with the German market. As of now, Germany lacks nearly 340K professionals in engineering and tech jobs.
The Netherlands: In 2020, the Netherlands will have to deal with a shortage of software developers. Over 54K ICT vacancies will be left unfilled.
Europe: 28 EU countries are likely to suffer from a shortage of 500K software engineers by 2020 according to nexten.io.
The UK: The UK faces a shortage as well. A research compiled by Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) named ICT as a main area of talent shortage in the country. A report predicts they will face a deficiency of 70K skilled workers by 2022.
Australia: Australia is facing a shortage of software developers too — full-stack developers, front-end, back-end, mobile, and user experience designers are in short supply. Deloitte forecasts that Australia will require 81K tech workers to fill the vacancies by 2023.
How to combat the talent shortage?
Create a strategy to cultivate and recruit graduates for entry-level positions. Few if any have practical experience right after graduation.
Train your employees to prepare them for new and future job openings in your company. This way you can bring their skills to a new level, since no one knows which field of tech expertise will be in higher demand in the future.
Find software developers outside the country, especially if you are a startup with a limited budget and struggle to compete with big companies for software developers.