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What about the gap in the IT labor market?

The IT industry is a special one. On the one hand, you regularly hear that the range of IT jobs is many times greater than the number of skilled people who can fulfill these jobs. On the other hand, you also regularly hear that a relatively large number of IT professionals are still sitting at home. How is this possible? And is there still a difference to be seen per sector or per region? We have listed a number of facts about this gap in the IT labor market for you.

Age and certificates

A significant part of the group of unemployed IT people is over 45 years old. It happens that employers leave this group behind when looking for a suitable candidate. An explanation for this is that they are afraid that this group has fallen far behind in terms of knowledge and skills. The tech world is developing faster than ever. So it makes a big difference whether you completed your ICT training three years ago or twenty years ago.

ICT training met

In order to qualify as an older IT member, it is best to keep on following courses and training regularly. This does not only apply to IT specialists over 40, but actually to all IT staff.

That brings us immediately to the next point: employers are looking for certificates. An ICT study is a nice start, but to rise above the rest you have to do more than that. You will have to continue to develop and preferably continue to train as much as possible. The more experience you have with different languages, the better. Most IT people are aware of this and would also like to follow training courses and courses. But often it is indicated that lack of time prevents them. Also for this group, without additional certificates, it is not always easy to be picked out among all those certified IT professionals.

The fact that some employers can not fill their vacancies is not always due to the shortage of IT staff. It may also come through the question or the way of searching the company itself.

Sector and programming language

How difficult it is to fill vacancies differs per sector. In the ICT sector in particular, secondments have become increasingly difficult. Not all IT staff are willing to cross the entire country and therefore make long working days. Especially for the professionals with children at home it is not attractive to come home late every day. In addition, the duration of the projects offered by secondment agencies also plays a role. Not everyone thinks it’s easy to dedicate themselves to the full 100% for a project that ends after a month or two. And if a project does take longer, let’s say a year, then you might think as an IT employee: can I work for this company as well.

It also happens regularly that the employees see their employees leave for customers. The sector in which this is very common is the financial sector. The government, on the other hand, is really hoping for IT applicants .

Government is hoping for IT

Besides the difference in supply and demand per sector, there is also a difference in supply and demand per programming language. Often there is no question about software developers in general, but companies are looking for something more specific. The front-runners are still the Javanese. In addition, the number of ICT vacancies in php or .net is growing significantly. You must therefore have just done the right specialization. As mentioned, the right certificates can play a major role in this.

So there is not only a surplus on the demand side, but the demand also does not always tie in with the supply. This makes the gap in the IT labor market even greater.

Region and salary

One phenomenon emerges from research: in the area of ​​IT, Amsterdam is faced with the difficult to fill vacancies. There are two explanations for this. First of all, most IT employers are simply established in Amsterdam. Not everyone is prepared to live in the Randstad. Especially because house prices here are quite high. As an IT employee you can earn generously, but it would be a shame if a large part of it disappears from your home. An advantage of moving to the Randstad as an IT professional is that the chance that you find your dream job here is of course only greater.

One last reason that employers do not always fill their IT vacancies is because of the wishes of the IT employee. As a developer, you also know what you are worth and how much trouble some companies have to find a suitable candidate. So it is not surprising that you might do your best to get that lease car or to discuss it that you can work a few days at home. It is then up to the employer to determine whether it is prepared and whether it is possible at all to comply with these conditions. If not, the vacancy will still remain open for a little longer.

The IT employee also has a few things on his or her wish list, which does not always make it easy for employers. The fact that supply and demand are difficult to connect is therefore due to both parties.


After a vacancy has finally been fulfilled, it is also important for the employer to ensure that he does not lose his ideal candidate again in no time. 80 percent of IT professionals indicate that they are open to another job.

It is therefore also important for companies to keep working so attractive that the job will continue to be fulfilled for a longer period of time. This can be done, for example, by offering a training budget for training and courses or simply by having the best colleagues in your team.

The highest attainable

The gap in the IT labor market is not just because the number of vacancies is greater than the number of IT specialists. Factors such as age, region and wishes and requirements of both the company and the IT candidate also play a major role.

If companies would attach little value to age and certificates. And IT people would have a lesser preference in the region and terms of employment . Then the gap would probably become smaller and smaller. But yes, everyone goes for the highest possible course. Employers and employees are just ordinary people.

This blog post was written by Ilse van der Wal, content marketeer at Bonque.

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