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IT experts desperately wanted

The electrical and IT industry remains optimistic for 2019/20 – but is sorely lacking in engineers and IT experts. Industry association the VDE (Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies) fears that this could weaken the electrical industry’s still robust economy.

03 May. 2019
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IT experts desperately wanted (Photo: VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V.)

In the electrical and IT sectors, 60% of businesses expect growth to remain the same in the coming year, with 26% even counting on an upswing. The skills shortage is cited by firms as posing the greatest risk of an economic slowdown (60%), ahead of even the implications of Brexit (39%), political uncertainties (35%) and economic weakness in Europe (33%).

Particularly in demand – or desperately sought after – are IT security experts. Ansgar Hinz, CEO of electrical and industrial technology trade association the VDE , explains: “Corporations, mid-tier companies, startups and universities have only one prospect of meeting their need for qualified employees: they need to recruit their staff from abroad. Almost one in four are forced to do this.” This is the conclusion reached by the 2019 VDE Tec-Report “ AI – The Next Step in Industrialization?” , which was based on a survey of the 1,300 VDE member companies and of universities teaching courses in electrical and information technologies.

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