Every two years, ICT Vocational Training Switzerland considers how many ICT specialists the country will need in the coming eight years. The latest study «ICT-Fachkräftesituation | Bedarfsprognose 2024» confirmed the growth trend: since 2013, the number of people working in ICT has grown by 13,000 to 210,800. Still, an estimated 24,000 more jobs will be created between now and 2024. Even today, nearly all economic sectors need ICT specialists. If we want to continue being successful, we must keep investing in both basic ICT vocational training and continuing training and we depend on highly qualified specialists from abroad.
The 45+ study
The controversially conducted debate about the lack of skilled workers often points out that many domestic specialists are unemployed while at the same time qualified workers are moving to Switzerland. Older IT professionals appear to be particularly hard-hit by this paradoxical phenomenon. Although the IT industry is allegedly short of specialist employees, an above-average number of older IT professionals are out of work. For them, the risk of becoming unemployed increases as they age, whereas it decreases in most other professions. Against this background, ICTswitzerland and the Office of Economy and Labour (AWA) looked at the employability of unemployed IT professionals age 45 and above.
The 45+ study shows that job-seeking IT professionals aged 45 and above are generally well qualified. It is possible that recruiting filters reduce their odds of finding a job as they get older. The IT profession lacks transparency because the language used to describe skills and requirements is not uniform. Concrete measures and recommendations aim to improve the employability of domestic IT professionals.