Not-for-profit IT industry body, CompTIA, has produced a list of the top skills wanted by employers in tech raising questions as to whether the country is equipped to fill the gaps.
The innovation and competition in the IT industry is well documented with personal reinvention one of the most important attributes for employees and business owners alike.
Consequently, the organisation said that for channel professionals to remain relevant, it was important to understand the evolving shape and direction of the industry, helping ensure their skills and qualifications are up to date.
For channel organisations in particular, understanding industry direction is critical to providing services that keep them relevant to their customers.
CompTIA A/NZ channel community director, Moheb Moses, pointed to a recent US survey which demonstrated clear skills gaps in the industry and said this was in line with what local companies had been saying for some time.
“Both individuals and channel organisations can use this information to make themselves more relevant. They can then evolve to become indispensable, trusted advisors,” he added.
The top industry skills employers are after are:
1. Information management and analytics
2. Information security
3. Infrastructure administration
4. IT support
5. Programming, development, and engineering
6. Software testing and quality assurance
7. Strategic planning/business management.
Moses said individuals that can demonstrate their skills in these areas are most likely to be sought after by employers.
“Likewise, channel organisations that can help organisations to bridge the skills gap are most likely to win new business," he added.
"Channel businesses that can both offer these skills and provide training to their customers will be poised to take the lead.
"Emerging focus areas such as big data, the Internet of Things, and the increasing focus on enterprise mobility contribute to the constantly-changing need for IT skills.
“It’s a perennial problem in the IT industry: new technologies emerge but there is a shortage of skilled workers to implement and manage them.
"By understanding these trends sooner, individuals and organisations can get ahead of the curve to fill that skills gap. This creates significant opportunities for those savvy enough to move fast."