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Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills


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Market research firm International Data Corp predicts demand for information technology workers will overtake supply in the next few years.

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Demand for information technology (IT) workers will overtake supply in the next few years due to rapid expansion of digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and a small talent pool for specialized skills, predicts market research firm International Data Corp (IDC).

The forecast expects 30% of global IT jobs to be unfilled by 2022 as companies vie for employees with digital skills in artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, and other areas.

IDC's Joe Puccarelli said one of the most valuable skills will be data management, mainly for AI.

IDC recommends companies prepare for the tighter markets by establishing a "bench" of emerging tech talent via startup acquisitions and partnerships, and aggressively pursuing innovative tech to entice young IT talent.

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