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​Is the local channel market suffering a skills shortage?

​Is the local channel market suffering a skills shortage?

The IT skills gap in Australia and New Zealand has been identified as one of three of the major challenges faced by the local IT industry.

The IT skills gap in Australia and New Zealand, the increasing popularity of cloud infrastructure, and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) have been identified as three of the major challenges faced by the local IT industry.

That’s according to CompTIA’s inaugural A/NZ Channel Community Meeting, held in Sydney last month.

“More than 90 participants attended this first event, which raised a number of pressing concerns faced by channel players in A/NZ,” says Moheb Moses, Community Director, CompTIA A/NZ.

In a series of discussions, the issues raised included how channel partners can adapt to the increasing rates of cloud migration, how they can identify new distribution channels as fewer physical products are being shipped, and whether the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) represents new potential business opportunities.

Most importantly for Moses, the event’s discussions called for the close examination of the skills gap in the local IT industry, how it is affecting business generally, and organisations serving the channel in the region.

A survey carried out by CompTIA following the event revealed that skills gaps remain an ongoing challenge for most organisations.

An overwhelming majority - 96 percent - of respondent attendees said that, overall, there was some level of skills gap between what the organisation needs from staff, and the skills that staff possess.

Although 34 percent of respondents indicated they were close to where they wanted to be with skills, 55 percent said they were moderately close, and eight percent of respondents said they were not at all close to where they want to be with skills in the company.

Moses says that organisations reported to have experienced difficulty in recruiting candidates or retaining staff for sales roles (47 percent) and IT and technical roles (36 percent).

Overall, 77 percent of respondents said their organisations experienced difficulty in recruiting candidates or retaining staff for various positions.

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