Could tech skills shortage actually be good for diversity and inclusion?

As the global war for tech talent heats up amid a changing work landscape and push for hybrid working, what impact will this have on how businesses recruit tech roles and will it increase diversity?


If recent statistics from Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm Randstad are anything to go by, the global tech skills shortage has reached new levels of desperation. According to Randstad, 45% of IT managers would rehire someone they had previously fired. Imagine the embarrassment.

As Adrian Smith, senior director of operations at Randstad UK points out, “by hiring someone you have fired - rather than someone who has just left the organisation - not only are there the obvious problems associated with trying to operate alongside someone who didn’t work-out the first time round, there’s the added risk of annoying ambitious people who have stayed with you - nudging them to leave in protest.”

It doesn’t feel like a solution to the perennial problem of technology sector skills shortages and as Bain suggested in September last year, “the war for technology talent is getting fiercer and spreading to new fronts as demand for crucial roles skyrockets.”

Those crucial roles are, perhaps unsurprisingly, cybersecurity experts, big data analysts and technical architects, at least according to Harvey Nash’s Digital Leadership Report, which claims the latter role has replaced AI skills in the list.

“We found that more than two-thirds of digital leaders globally report being unable to keep pace with change because of a lack of expertise, the highest it’s been since our research began,” says Bev White, CEO of Harvey Nash Group. “This may present a greater challenge for those who are planning radical changes to their business model. Globally, the top three sectors planning for a major transformation are Broadcast/Media (73%), Telecommunications (68%), and Technology (63%).”

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