Analysis: There are too many useless IT candidates

 According to research from three consulting companies, combination training is one of the reasons for the lack of IT talents.

Danish ICT programs educate skewly in relation to business needs. While companies are asking for specialists, a large number of ICT candidates complete their education with a diploma of so-called ‘broad’ ICT skills. This is one of the main conclusions in a new report prepared for the Danish Business Authority

“The analysis shows what we have said before: that we have a problem about the programs. There is a mismatch between those demanded by the companies and the skills acquired in the programs. And the shortcoming does not only apply to university graduates but across education groups and levels, “says executive consultant Henrik Valentin Jensen from DI Digital in a press release.

Big data analysis of job storage

The report is based on a comprehensive data base, which includes an analysis of developments in employment and education, a survey and text analysis of 130,000 job listings over the period 2008-2015 targeted ICT specialists and advanced ICT users as well as survey responses from 700 companies and Qualitative interview with companies and educational institutions.

The survey generally shows that corporate recruitment challenges are due to more problems with recruiting employees with the right skills than recruiting employees with the right level of education.

The report’s autho

The report states that almost 3 out of 10 companies that have attempted to recruit ICT specialists have not received the post and nearly half of the companies that have experienced recruitment challenges consider that they have had to cancel orders due to lack of employees.

rs conclude on this basis:

‘It points to the training of the wrong types of education and / or in general not sufficiently achieving the skills required for the programs as requested by the companies.’

Only every fourth company in the study thus considers that the education programs adequately adapt to the needs of the labor market.

Wide education is followed by high availability

The problem is, according to the survey, that a relatively large proportion of IT candidates come from education with broad ICT skills that do not have the necessary technical weight. This is also reflected in unemployment, which is particularly high for non-traditional ICT programs. For example, programs such as web integrator (EDD), edesigner (KVU), medialogy (MVU), information science and cultural dissemination (MVU), digital conceptual development (MVU) and games, cand.it. (LVU) all have an unemployment rate of over 10 per cent.

The report states that almost 3 out of 10 companies that have attempted to recruit ICT specialists have not received the post and nearly half of the companies that have experienced recruitment challenges consider that they have had to cancel orders due to lack of employees.

It is especially ICT specialists with skills in design and planning and system design, especially in particular by developers, system analysts and IT architects that are sought after in Danish companies. On the other hand, demand for competencies in operations and support, hero supporters and system administrators is declining.

The lack of relevant IT education has created a great demand for private continuing education. More than every fifth company in the survey responded that they use private course providers as a supplier for further training.

The report has been prepared by Højbjerre Brauer Schultz, Kubix and Alexandra Institute.

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