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Sorry, Gen Z Isn't Going to Solve Your Tech Skills Crisis

Gen Z tech workers

High salaries are a key driver for 37% of Gen Z respondents pursuing a career in tech.

Credit: CWJobs

A survey of 500 IT decision makers and 542 members of Generation Z (ages 16 to 24) by U.K. jobs board CWJobs found that 72% of IT leaders believe Gen Z will solve the digital skills shortage, but just 24% of young people view their age as an advantage when applying for technology positions.

The survey also found that 56% of young respondents believe technology careers are complicated, and 55% want more information from schools and educators about what those careers entail.

Further, the survey found that 51% of businesses lack the resources to provide tech training to Gen Z employees, while another 32% of tech leaders say they would not know how to train those employees even if they had such resources.

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