IDC predicts 7M cloud-related jobs in 2015

Staff writer
Demand for “cloud-ready” IT workers will grow by 26% annually through 2015, with as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs available worldwide, according a research report.
The IDC report, sponsored by Microsoft Corp., however said IT hiring managers report that the biggest reason they failed to fill 1.7 million open cloud-related positions in 2012 is because job seekers lack the training, certification and experience needed to work in a cloud-enabled world.
IDC said it interviewed more than 600 hiring managers worldwide for this study.
The study investigated the impact that cloud computing will have on IT employment around the world and its influence on the way organizations staff their IT departments.
IDC said globally, almost two-thirds of enterprises are planning, implementing or using cloud computing, and more than 50% of businesses agree that cloud computing is a high priority. However, more than three-quarters of businesses have apprehension about the security, access or data control of cloud computing.
Asia Pacific will adopt private IT cloud services more aggressively than Europe, Middle East or North America. Cloud-related IT jobs will grow at 32% per year to more than 2.3 million in Asia Pacific by the end of 2015, the IDC report further said.
According to the IDC study, businesses are looking for potential employees to possess specific skills - knowing the steps to successfully adopt cloud computing, knowing the steps to effectively implement cloud computing, understanding how the cloud impacts IT service, knowing where the cloud adds risk and where it strengthens the business, and understanding the risks and consequences of cloud computing.

Candidates' lack of training, certification or experience have resulted in cloud positions not being filled, IDC said.