IT Skills GAP and the Future of Jobs

Many of us keep hearing about the importance of getting a certification. But regardless of the fact that we all give this importance as a matter of certainty, what do we really need to know about certifications and, most important, about the burning issue of addressing the IT Skills gap, which is what prompts the need of credentials and certifications?

According to the Comptia “Assessing the IT Skills Gap” report, IT Skills gap is now widely recognised as a significant concern, while new jobs generation quickly moves into the digital applications era; job requirements are changing, or have changed already, and yet many struggle to adapt. Furthermore, as stated by the 2019 SHRM report, employers, on the other hand, have the challenging task to deal with employees lacking of those skills and knowledge required by their roles to perform.

The 2019 World Economic Forum Report has indicated that “54% of employees will require significant reskilling by 2022”. These activities will obviously involve training as well as end-of-course assessments and certifications, to comprove trainings have met their purposes. 

In all of these reports, the core of the analysis is focused on the importance of IT Skills, as highlighted in the report “The Future of the Job”.  

The conclusion is that IT Skills, and a set of parameters showing possession of those skills, are going to be basic requirements to make sure getting a job in the very near future. 

Certification leads to better jobs

These considerations have a deeper meaning!

We live in an era where it’s becoming increasingly significant and, furthermore, essential to possess specific skills with regards to the usage of a certain technology, a performant application or a particular knowledge.

If the knowledge is the door to relevant job positions, a certification is the key to it! The sole essential recognition of your skills and the signature on your expertise that, in the hands of a potential employer, represents the most powerful endorsement.

Certification opens doors to a better job and a better salary. It is a great motivator for self-improvement and self-development. It is one of the key requirements set by an increasing number of IT managers and, frequently, a standard criterion for candidates among recruiters. 

Certification is proof to the employer that you possess the expertise necessary to fulfil certain duties. At the same time, it is a sign for them that you are willing to expand your knowledge. And because certified individuals directly contribute to an increase in a company’s efficiency, productivity and profit-making capacity, certification is a great asset for every organization.

Remember: every IT certificate is a step closer to a better job and more professional satisfaction. Certifications do make a change for the better.

91%

of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria.

 

80%

of HR executives verify certifications among job candidates.

 

92%

of employers say IT certifications help to ensure credibility of IT employees.

92%

of employers say IT certified individuals get higher salaries.

Source: The College and Career Readiness report by Microsoft and the Get Your Foot in the Door report by CompTIA.