According to the industry association Bitkom, the shortage of IT specialists has worsened again: at the end of 2021, 96,000 positions for IT professionals were unoccupied, according to a survey. That is an increase of 12 percent compared to 2020, when the association reported 86,000 vacancies. Currently around two thirds of the companies surveyed (65 percent) reported a shortage of IT specialists. 66 percent also expected this deficiency to increase in the future.
The level before the corona pandemic has not yet been reached: In 2019, Bitkom had identified 124,000 vacancies. Nevertheless, the current number is the second highest value since the surveys began in 2011. 851 managing directors and HR managers from companies with three or more employees in all sectors, excluding the public sector, were surveyed. The survey be representative of the entire economy.
Developers and software architects are particularly sought-after; 41 percent of the companies with vacancies looked for it. This is followed by staff for IT project management and project coordination, who are wanted by 18 percent with vacancies. 13 percent were looking for admins and people for application support, 7 percent were looking for data scientists. Positions for data protection professionals with IT qualifications and IT security experts are vacant in 4 percent of the companies.
The shortage of skilled workers
“Incidentally, the IT skills shortage affects not only the economy, but also the state, which is often left behind when it comes to filling IT jobs,” said Bitkom President Achim Berg. As measures against the shortage of skilled workers, his association calls for better training and further education, the empowerment of women in IT and the promotion of qualified immigration.
The complaint about increasing gaps in the labor supply is no longer limited to digital associations such as Bitkom. “The shortage of skilled workers now runs like a red thread through the economy”, recently explained Peter Adrian, President of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) to the German Press Agency. It is a “top topic for the German economy and for our competitiveness in the coming years”, said employer president Rainer Dulger. From 2025, when more people left the job market than came up due to the baby boomer cohorts retiring, the problem will continue to gain in momentum.