During a regular catch-up with my colleague, Greg Pearson, he shared some interesting stats around the global IT industry and how this relates to job growth, with a particular emphasis on the tech sector.
I thought it might be worth sharing some of these stats on the blog. It definitely got me thinking about young people and the skills they need to find employment after they graduate. Food for thought, for sure…
That is pretty impressive potential growth figures, yet during the same conversation with Greg it turns out that the tech industry is actually struggling to find the right skills.
The following stats puts this into perspective:
With these stats in mind, there are clearly huge opportunities for young people who possess the right skills to pursue careers in the tech sector. The challenge now is for the curriculum in schools and beyond to offer the correct platform for people to embrace these opportunities and meet the demands of industry.
So what are hiring manager within tech firms looking for from a qualifications perspective? Maybe the following stats can help answer these questions:
It is going to be interesting to see how the curriculum develops and evolves to create an environment that provides the best platform for the UK to achieve its full potential in the tech sector. To support this, Microsoft's IT Academy programme can help provide industry specific skills and knowledge needed to achieve success.
Keeping with the theme of stats, 60% of IT Certification Holders say a certification led to a new job₂. Additionally, 53% of individuals believe that obtaining a certification makes them more marketable3.
Earning Microsoft Certifications Will Help Your Students:
More information on the ITA Academy can be found on our website, or alternatively download/view the presentation below from our 2011 ITA Summit event.
**Source: IDC Economic Impact Study, Global, 2009
** Source: IDC, Microsoft’s Economic Impact, 2011
*** Source: eskills Technology Insights report, 2011
**** Source: www.itjobswatch.co.uk
***** Source: TEKSystems Report, October 2011
1 MCP Program Satisfaction Study 2010
2 Network World, November 2011
3 Intrepid Survey