82,000 vacancies for IT specialists in Germany

It takes five months to fill an open IT job

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The shortage of IT professionals has hit a new high in Germany.

There are currently 82,000 vacancies for IT specialists. This represents a significant increase of 49 percent compared to the previous year. In 2017, 55,000 jobs were vacant. This is the result of the current study on the IT professionals’ job market of Bitkom Digital Association in which were involved more than 800 managing directors and HR managers in companies of all industries.  According to this, eight out of ten (82 percent) currently find a shortage of IT specialists. A year ago, it was still two out of three (67 percent). In companies, it is expected that the number of vacant posts will continue to increase. Six out of ten (59 percent) expect the skills shortage to worsen in the future. The search for personnel turns out to be tedious. 

On average, it takes five months to fill an open IT job. Every third company (31 percent) reports that IT jobs can be filled more slowly than other positions.

“IT specialists are desperately wanted across all industries,” says Bitkom CEO Dr. Ing. Bernhard Rohleder. “The requirements for digital literacy are also increasing in many classical occupations. This development is reflected in the rapidly growing number of vacant IT jobs. “The shortage of skilled workers could soon become a menacing brake on growth. Rawhide: “Every vacancy means a loss. A loss of added value, less innovation – and this is no longer just for the IT industry, but the entire economy and the public sector. ” On average, it takes five months to fill an open IT job. Every third company (31 percent) reports that IT jobs can be filled more slowly than other positions.

“IT specialists are desperately wanted across all industries,” says Bitkom CEO Dr. Ing. Bernhard Rohleder. “The requirements for digital literacy are also increasing in many classical occupations. This development is reflected in the rapidly growing number of vacant IT jobs. “The shortage of skilled workers could soon become a menacing brake on growth.

Software developers are in demand

The best prospects in the IT job market are software developers. Three out of ten companies in all sectors (29 percent) with at least one open IT job are looking for programmers. This is followed by project managers (17 percent), application managers (13 percent), quality managers (9 percent) and security experts (8 percent). There is an increasing trend in the comparatively new profiles Data Scientist (7 percent) and Virtual Reality Designer (6 percent). “The IT professions are becoming more and more differentiated and new job profiles are always emerging,” says Rohleder.

Companies complain about high salary expectations of applicants

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The occupation of IT departments fails mainly because of money, but also because of lack of qualification and competence. Thus, the strong demand for IT specialists also raises the salary expectations of the applicants. Three out of four companies (76 percent) say the applicants demanded too much salary. Four out of ten (38 percent) complain about a lack of professional qualifications, and a good third (35 percent) miss soft skills such as social skills. Only then do poor test results rank in the selection process (24 percent). Rohleder: “IT professionals have the best prospects on the job market. If they have a good qualification, they can usually choose the job. As a result, good candidates are hard to pay for many companies – especially for SMEs and the public sector. ”

Corporate website is main platform for job listings

When it comes to recruiting in general, companies mainly rely on the Internet. Nine out of ten (92 percent) publish job offers on their own website or an associated career page. Seven out of ten (70 percent) look for employees through the Employment Agency, and just as many (69 percent) rely on word-of-mouth propaganda or personal contacts. Every second company uses online job boards (51 percent) or business networks such as LinkedIn or Xing (50 percent), and one in four social networks like Facebook or Twitter (28 percent).

 

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For the future recruiting, online media and direct contacts are becoming increasingly important in the expectations of companies. In addition, online job markets such as Monster or Stepstone (69 percent), careers fairs (61 percent), Recruitment or headhunters (54 percent) and cooperation with universities and their networks (51 percent). By contrast, classic channels such as newspapers (87 percent), specialist magazines (70 percent) and employment agencies (45 percent) will lose their importance, companies predict.

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