Significance shortage of employees in the IT sector

Tristan Terlouw – Digital Marketing Strategy Nixon

28 July 2022

More and more companies in the Netherlands are struggling with a shortage of personnel. According to ING this also applies to the Dutch IT sector and it is estimated that by 2023 there will be shortage of 54,000 IT professionals. This shortage of professionals can lead to inadequate cybersecurity and a higher risk of a data security breaches. 

According to the FD, the Dutch IT sector has a considerable shortage of employees. In 2020, there were 83,000 vacancies in the IT sector, for which only 17,000 graduates were available. It is forecasted that in the coming years the shortage of IT professionals and open vacancies will grow even further. 

Due to the pandemic and digital workplaces, the need for data processing and storage in the cloud is increasing. Scale-ups and Startups are moving away from digital access to systems and data and are moving to a public or hybrid cloud variant. With limited time and employees, IT organizations often struggle to keep up with this growth, which results in delayed updates, patches, and resource delivery. Applying IT infrastructure and automation to common tasks simplifies operation at scale, allowing organizations to regain control over and visibility into their infrastructure, which leads to more data-driven decisions.

IT infrastructures are components that help to operate and manage IT environments. These components include hardware, software, networking components, operating systems, and data storage to deliver information and solutions. Whereby automation helps to accelerate processes and scale environments, and continuous workflows such as continuous integration with reduced assistance from humans.

Significance shortage of employees in the ICT sector

However, the Dutch Data Protection Authority received about 24,000 reports of data breaches last year and the number of hacking, malware or phishing incidents increased by 30%. Data that is being worked with is becoming larger and more important, as is the lack of several cybersecurity specialists.

There are also has other consequences for shortage on the remuneration of IT employees. Gross wages have been higher since 2021 than in the previous years. To this end, companies and organizations are increasingly choosing to outsource all or part of their IT. This can be done by placing the IT environment in an external data centre or migrating it to the cloud.

The shortage of personnel in the IT market have serious consequences for your digital security and that of your customers. Companies and organizations are increasingly choosing to outsource all or part of their IT. This is what Royal Friesland Campina aswell. They say that the Nixon Platform saves them hours of work. By automating your digital exposure compliance checks, you not only save time by not having to do the legwork, but it also allows you to perform continuous audits on everything that matters to your digital customers.

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