IT shortages could hinder growth in the Middle East

The Middle-East and South Africa could soon be facing a skills shortage crisis in the IT sector, research by Cisco Systems revealed.

by Cisco Systems White Papers
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

In a series of White Papers released this month covering seven countries in the Middle East, Israel and South Africa, Cisco found a shortage of 137,500 IT specialists. The reports also forecast that the skills gap will grow to 264,400 by 2009 unless something is done to encourage training in this area.

Demand in these high economic growth countries systematically outstrips supply. Needs are particularly acute in advanced technology skills such as security, IP telephony and wireless networking skills, a worrying trend considering that 96% of respondents believe network platforms and security will become increasingly important for business.

Most countries however seem to have put initiatives in place to plug the gap, although the Cisco reports question their ability to cope in the face of the widening shortage.

Source: Networking Skills in South Africa: Will an increasing shortage hinder growth?
Philip van Heerden
White Paper sponsored by Cisco Systems

Networking Skills in the Middle East and Pakistan: Will an increasing shortage hinder growth in the region?
Philip van Heerden
White Paper sponsored by Cisco Systems

Networking Skills in Israel: Will an increasing shortage hinder growth?
Philip van Heerden
White Paper sponsored by Cisco Systems

Review by Emilie Filou

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