Tech Talent in Demand in the Asia-Pacific, but Shortage of Skills Still an Issue

Tech Talent in Demand in the Asia-Pacific, but Shortage of Skills Still an Issue

Competition for qualified technical talent in the Asia-Pacific is higher than ever, partly because it is harder to find.

Analysts have identified a number of industry sectors where technical skill sets are much in demand. Opportunities in information technology (IT) are wide open, particularly in cloud computing and cybersecurity. An IDC study commissioned by Microsoft suggests that cloud services will have a huge impact on job creation over the next few years. “It will open up new jobs and skill sets across the globe,” says Susan Hauser, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group. Information security analyst was not an established occupation until 1997; positions for specialists in this area are now growing significantly.

Market research firm Evans Data estimates that the global software developer population has just about doubled since 2010, with an increase of 700,000 in the last year. In particular, m ost of that growth has been in the Asia-Pacific, with about 46 percent more software developers focused on mobile than in Europe, and the Middle East and Africa . Evans Data estimates there are 1.1 million software developers in China alone.

Evans Data also indicates that the Asia-Pacific represents most of the world’s activity in software development for the Internet of Things (IoT), with 20 percent of software developers surveyed reporting they are working on IoT projects. (Only 16 percent of North American developers surveyed said they were working on IoT programs.)