Cloud Foundry has released the findings of its cloud skills survey, “Identifying the Developer Gap,” and the results indicate a growing demand (and impending shortage) of developer skills.

As more enterprises build out their own development and digital innovation teams, competition is growing. Overall, 64% of IT pros agree that there is now or will soon be a developer shortage. That may be good news for developers who will find themselves in demand, it could be daunting for employers looking to attract and retain top talent.

The study contained three main findings:

1. There’s a looming shortage of developers driven by non-tech companies’ need for developers.
Most (64%) companies see the gap and are starting to feel its impact. As companies start their cloud journeys, including the use of more cloud-native architectures, broader use of containers and multi-cloud environments, they will feel the shortage more acutely. Most respondents (57%) also stated that this shortage has already impacted their ability to hire skilled people.

2. Discrete technologies are in the greatest demand.
Companies are prioritizing specialized skills such as mobile app development, language-specific coding and deployment on specific IaaS. Fundamental skills, including continuous delivery, continuous integration and test-driven development, are notably the least in demand.

The most in-demand skills:
– Database (47%)
– Specific coding languages (Javascript, C++, Go, etc.) (46%)

Less in demand:
– Continuous integration (40%)
– Deploying on a specific infrastructure (38%)
– Mobile application development (38%).

3. Address the skills shortage will require added training.
As the demand for developer skills evolves, businesses will need to train existing staff to address these challenges. Already IT leaders are predominantly choosing to train existing employees over hiring new developers or outsourcing. The majority of companies (62%) express confidence in the abilities of their developers to “keep current” with their IT knowledge and skills. On an individual level, however, only 47% of developers express confidence in their own ability to keep current.

“Historically, large enterprises outsourced management of their development technology needs,” Sam Ramji, CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, said in a statement. “Now, as digital transformation becomes core to the success of companies in diverse industries including financial services, insurance, and automotive, enterprises are coming to depend on their own employees to manage this shift.

Ramji continues: “The rising need for individuals to develop and deploy software highlights the immense shortage of available talent to work in this rapidly growing field. This developer gap is rapidly widening as more enterprises become de facto software companies.”

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You can download the full study from the Cloud Foundry website.

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