The end of the digital revolution? – the market lacks IT specialists!

With each passing year, many experts voice ever louder concerns about the job market, which is beginning to suffer from a lack of. Recruiters in almost every industry are looking into the distance with increasing exuberance in search of specialists, appropriately qualified to perform their duties. Although waiters can be relieved by a mobile application, someone has to create it. We are, of course, talking about programmers!

Looking at the report “A year of seized opportunities. According to a report entitled “The IT labor market and SAP 2022”, we can observe that last year the rates of full-time IT employees increased by 22%, and those of contract employees by 34%. The European market still lacks up to 600 thousand IT specialists, and finding the right person takes even six months.

IT market in Poland

The Bankier website provides interesting data on the Polish IT services, allowing us to get acquainted with two large reports – from Pekao Bank Polski and No Fluff Jobs.

Taking the total revenue of companies (excluding micro entities) as an indicator, it can be estimated that the software and IT services sector alone is an industry of approx. PLN 55 billion, which constitutes approx. 2/3 of the entire IT market. The share is systematically growing and is heading towards the value >70% of., which are observed in highly developed countries – is a natural trend resulting from the growing saturation with electronic equipment with greater demand for IT services and newer solutions entering the market and attracting new demand is seen on the Polish market in the Pekao report.

According to the report of Pekao, the demand for specialists is huge and will continue to grow in the near future. This is also confirmed by data cited by No Fluff Jobs, one of the largest recruitment portals for the IT industry in Poland.

It seems that candidates who were still available after the vacations, quickly found a job and, in short, disappeared from the market. The situation now resembles that at the beginning of the pandemic, where most companies continued to recruit, but relied mainly on more experienced workers we read in the report No Fluff Jobs.

Which IT specialists are currently in greatest demand?

According to TIOBE in January 2021, the most unique skill is programming with C, in second place Java, and on the third Python. The following were C++, C#, Visual Basic, Javascript and PHP. The most sought after in the market are Fullstack Developers – as admitted by almost 40 percent. recruiters in IT.

Unfortunately, this is not interesting information for people who are just starting their adventure with coding. No Fluff Jobs points out that it is now much harder for candidates with the least experience to find a job. More than 50 percent of. Juniors were earning between 3k and 5k. PLN net, and 30 percent. did not even exceed the threshold of 3 thousand. PLN net. The “Juniors in Pandemic” report also showed that 77%. novice programmers are struggling to find a job in the industry.

What is the risk of IT labor shortage?

According to Awareson, the technology job market has never been so receptive, with demand for experts increasing by nearly 150% since the start of the pandemic. Forbes justifies that lack of proper competences may limit the ability of companies not only to implement the necessary expansion solutions, but above all it will not allow them to stay on the market surface. For customers, this may be a sign of a slow regression in the market and a halt in the development of the economic boom in the technological structure of society.

Countering the threat

In an interview with Michal Rok, Forbes sees help in low-code/no-code platforms, that allow people who are not programmers to create their own applications.

This is a good thing, especially when there is a shortage of programmers in the market and hybrid work is driving digitization. The fact that the digital revolution is booming can also be seen in data provided by EY, according to which 57 percent of. Polish companies have accelerated their digital transformation during the pandemic, and 20% of. of those surveyed believe that the transformation is already advanced in their companies.

We see the greatest need in the area of mobile applications and solutions that connect several. Business people make the first cut. Whether it’s a team in an office, a transformer repair crew, a garage tool salesman or someone who analyzes the arrangement of products on a shelf. Then they go to IT and say: we invented a cool thing, we just need a few details from you – Microsoft expert adds.

Awareson says 2022 will result in higher wages, flexible employers and innovative projects. Employers are therefore starting to match the expectations of IT employees. According to a study by the same company, as much as 91%. of those surveyed want to develop technical skills, 46 percent. of them want a raise, and 45% want a job. thoughts about acquiring soft skills. This means the development of both programmers and their products.

It is important to mention at this stage that Awereson is not alone in this judgment.

In job offers from the IT industry it is not uncommon to see information about flexible working. Sometimes companies expect availability at certain times (e.g. 10.00 – 14.00), and the rest of the day the employees can shape freely. Asynchronicity is inherent in project activities and software development. It has long been practiced by international teams operating in different time zones. This trend can be expected to gain traction in 2022 as more employers see its positive impact on job performance and team well-being – says Mariusz Witkowski, Product Owner, the:protocol.

Hope to avoid disaster

In 2020, we saw many employers – not just in the IT industry – switch to remote working. As a result, there was a need for implementation competencies in the marketplace that were intended to, among other things, effectively introduce tools and technologies for effective and secure communication says BartÅ‚omiej Kondratowicz, Head of Business Maintenance at DCG.

As you can see, the IT market is trying to woo people with high stakes, and it’s succeeding just fine espite the global economic downturn – have not declined, and in fact, in some cases, have increased Kondratowicz adds. (

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