4 May

Why CIOs Should Be Worried About the Skills Shortage in IT

Posted by John Brandwagt

While many other industries are currently experiencing a flood of talent in terms of new hires, CIOs are finding it more and more difficult to recruit talented individuals in their information technology departments. In fact, according to the Labour Market Outlook 2015-2019 report, 182,000 IT jobs will be needed in order to keep up with the growing demand in the marketplace over the course of the next few years.

With the growing difficulties of recruiting skilled hires in IT, chief information officers need to be worried about the future of their business. Here’s what CIOs need to know about the skills shortage in IT, and how it can be safely navigated with some simple planning ahead.


As new challenges are posed nearly every single day by the growing complexities of cyber criminals, IT security has become paramount to any successful business. Most CIOs already recognize how important it is to have a team of skilled security experts, but unless they began their recruitment search five years ago, it’s highly likely that their security team is coming up short. Nearly every business—from the smallest start-up to the largest corporation—has beefed up their IT security efforts in recent years, making the demand for security experts much higher than the supply.

Fortunately, the solution to this issue is a lot less about finding and recruiting a slew of IT security experts and more about general education. If your business can’t afford to hire a team of security experts, it pays to have an educational seminar about the dangers of emerging cyber security threats like unsecure IoT devices, malware, and phishing schemes that could cost your company thousands.

Cloud Computing

For most technology leaders, it’s probably a bit obvious to say that cloud computing is the future of business. By now nearly every company that relies on an exchange of digital data has recognized the importance of the cloud—and that’s exactly why it’s becoming so difficult to find skilled cloud computing experts.

Cloud computing has become a high-demand service over the course of the last few years, but despite that, it is still very much in its infancy. While some cloud computing services are experiencing growth of up to 50% per year, their pitfalls and failings are still very much a reality on a day-to-day basis. The relative newness of this technology means that CIOs need to worry about long-term functionality and storage of their most important data—so plan ahead by recruiting cloud experts before it becomes an issue.

App Development

The tech world has seen a recent shift in focus from web development to app development. With more than half of the world’s internet users having their mobile devices be their main source of browsing, app development and expansion should be a major focus for tech leaders everywhere.

While developers aren’t as difficult to find as some other areas of IT, it’s growing more important to have good developers on your team. Bugs, freezing, and broken chains are no longer tolerated by app users like they once were; mobile apps must function flawlessly or they’ll fail before they’re out of the door. The skills shortage in IT is becoming a huge obstacle in making it possible to find the type of talent that can manage this sort of performance, and CIOs must place their priority in recruiting those who can navigate the language of mobile devices.

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John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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