150K new digital jobs are expected to be created over the next 2-3 years. Despite significant graduate supply and a number of job seekers with IT skills (many of whom, given the comparatively high turnover estimates, are likely to be only in frictional unemployment), shortages of IT skills continue to exist. IT skills are in demand across all economic sectors. Furthermore, the situation is not unique to Ireland as there is a shortage of IT skills internationally. Onein three jobs in Ireland are at high risk (a probability greater than 70%) of being disrupted by the adoption of digital technologies. Much of the disruption, however, will result in changes to job roles and tasks performed by individuals rather than job losses. While it is expected that the number of jobs lost will increase steadily over the next decade, this National Skills Council estimate from the adoption of digital technologies over the next five years will lead to a hypothetical loss of 46,000 jobs.
The Digital Economy
According to PwC, the skills challenge has become even more acute in Ireland. The lack of available skills is at an all-time high. For example, nearly three-quarters of Irish CEO survey respondents stated that the deficit in supply of skilled workers is prompting higher people costs. At the same time, three out of four respondents confirmed that hiring people is becoming more difficult than ever before.
- The first wave of software on PCs disrupted a handful of industries.
- The Internet wave expanded the reach of software beyond the computer industry, creating new tech
- Deep learning is the third wave of software eating the world. It expands the reach of software into massive industries like healthcare, transportation, and manufacturing.
The internet is transforming every sector of the economy. Shortages of the following new digital jobs have been identified:
- Programming and software development: programming languages (Java, .net, C++, Python, PHP, Scala, AKKA, Ruby on Rails, VBA); operating systems (iOS, Linux); mobile applications development; web development (CSS, HTML)
- Cloud computing: MS Azure, AWS (amazon web services), cloud architect
- InfoSec (IT security): IoT (internet of things), BYOD (bring your own device), data/information security; IT internal audit
- Web design particularly web related applications focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI)
- DevOps engineering (developing/testing, process re-engineering and communication skills
- IT project management
- Networking and infrastructure: networking engineer
- IT business analysis: business intelligence and search engine optimisation
- Database administration (DBA), big data analytics, data architecture (ETL41)
CMIT has a number of relevant courses which opportunities offer upskill and reskill opportunities in this area.
- CIW Big Data Specialist
- CIW Database Design Specialist
- CIW eCommerce Specialist
- CIW HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist
- CIW Perl Specialist
- CIW Web Design Specialist
- CIW Web Foundations Associate
- CIW Web Security Associate
- QQI Digital Marketing
- QQI eBusiness
- QQI Web Design