A study by digital association Bitkom found vacancies for information technology (IT) specialists in Germany more than doubled to 124,000 over a two-year period. Moreover, 65% of 850 polled managing directors and human resource managers in German companies anticipate the shortage will grow even larger with the acceleration of digitization.
Unfilled IT positions remained open for more than six months at one in six German companies, the study found. The study also said that vacant IT positions are much harder to fill than any other position.
As a short-term solution, Bitkom suggested modifying Germany's labor law for the IT sector so specialists could divide their working time as needed within the framework of maximum weekly working time. One longer-term strategy suggested for filling those positions would be to draw "significantly more" young workers, particularly women, into computer science education or IT training.
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