Pretty much every week I receive a research report, often sponsored by a large IT vendor, telling me about the IT skills shortage. Most of them are focussed on infosec but today's instalment of the "Great IT Skills Shortage" came from AWS.
At the AWS Summit being held in Auckland, analysis from job site Indeed shows job listings for AWS-related roles has increased by 153% over the last three years. It's time for IT employers to do something about it. There's no IT skills shortage. But I think there's a massive shortfall in career investment by incumbent and prospective employers.
The transference of infrastructure and applications from on-prem to the cloud is well and truly underway. But numbers such as those quoted at the AWS Summit by AWS specialist recruiter Carmen Parnos, Founder and Director of the Cloud Talent Group point to a more problematic issue.
Employers aren't investing as heavily in upgrading their people as they are in upgrading their systems.
I think there's a simple piece of maths we can apply. The population is growing. Ergo, there are more people in the job market. Finding people isn't the problem. Investing in their education and ongoing development is the problem.
I don't think there's an IT skills shortage. I think there's an investment deficit. If your business doesn't have a have a particular skillset available do you train or recruit from an increasingly competitive pool of limited resources?
A couple of years ago, the former CEO of RSA Amit Yoran, said of the skills shortage facing the infosec sector "Get over it". He advocated for better staff development and investing in education programs.
It's time for Australian companies to do the same.