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Demand for skilled employees in cloud-based technologies to increase manifold

Shibani Patel, Senior VP & Head of India business, Collabera

Every organization, especially in the IT/ITeS industry, has accelerated its hiring process for various technological roles. Since the markets have opened up, the steady increase in hiring is driven by the fact that all organizations, irrespective of size are adapting to the digital environment to meet the evolving needs of the market. Digital is pervasive today and has affected all businesses right from a small Kirana store to a large MNC. For all organizations, some parts of their business operations, if not all, have been impacted by digital technologies. Early this year, an AWS commissioned report by AlphaBeta predicted that by 2025, the average worker needs to gain seven new digital skills to keep up with the pace of technological advancements. These include basic skills such as the ability to use data analysis tools and advanced skill sets such as creating large-scale data models and database technologies.

The new business models and modes of operations have increased the reliance on cloud computing services and the need for a digitally skilled workforce to build, operate and manage the virtual infrastructure. Today, organizations prefer access to software applications, data storage and other services over the internet instead of a traditional physical setup. This switch has orchestrated the demand for cloud technology talent at an all-time high.

Cloud computing has been a disruptor in the IT workforce for quite some time, however, the pandemic has expedited the need for cloud computing talent to an all-time high in a brief amount of time. This has increased the gap between talent demand and supply that makes the talent marketplace highly competitive.

To sustain in this ever-evolving industry, organizations need to invest in upskilling of their talent pool while the IT workforce needs to augment their skill sets and shift from the traditional skill sets to hybrid and dynamic cloud-based technologies such as:

• Cloud Service Platform such as AWS, Azure and GCP
• The latest version of database and programming languages like Java, JavaScript, Python, SQL, NoSQL and Linux
• Network Management
• Cloud Security
• Data Science
• Migration knowledge
• DevOps
• Cloud Architects
• ML/ AI Architects

Along with organizations upskilling their current talent pools, many corporates are now looking at freshers’ hiring at a large scale. This makes it essential for fresher’s to equip and hone themselves with the latest technical skill sets. It is evident that the demand for niche digital skill sets focusing on advanced technologies such as ML, AI, augmented and virtual reality, API, SaaS, IoT, 5G and cloud computing is on the rise and will increase further. Each organization needs to strategically relook into their hiring plans to ensure access to the best of talent whether via hiring or by upskilling, reskilling of their in-house talent pools.

This article was originally published on Tech Gig website.

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