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ICT Skills Audit 2018

FIT ICT Skills Audit for 2018 finds 12,000 current vacancies in the sector, offering quality job opportunities of diverse sorts to young and old alike.


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DUBLIN19 June 2018: Fastrack to IT (FIT) today launches its third ICT Skills Audit based on in-depth interviews with 118 tech companies in Ireland  – in IBEC HQ  @ 11.00 a.m.

The 2018 Audit finds demand is strong across a wide range of tech disciplines with 12,000 current vacancies in the sector as a whole, offering quality job opportunities at entry, competent as well as expert levels, and for young and old alike.  Tech companies are keen that more people, and especially more women, should be aware a variety of careers can be pursued in the sector, many of which do not require a third level qualification to start but rather a blend of technical know, passion for IT and good people skills. Many of the in-demand skillsets for the tech roles on offer can be acquired through further education and training vocational programmes delivered by Ireland’s 16 Education and Trainings Boards (ETBs).

At the launch of the report Peter Davitt, CEO FIT said, “the Audit highlights that, while there is robust demand in the IT industry for people with third level qualifications, there are currently even more vacancies for people at skills levels that can be attained through tech related programmes at Level 5/6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. It also demonstrates clearly that the Further Education and Training sector has an increasing role to play in addressing the immediate gap and foreseeable skills needs in Ireland.”

Liam Ryan M.D SAP (Labs) Ireland said, “the traditional path of going from the Leaving Certificate into four or more years of university is not the sole route to a tech career nor does it suit everyone. We must create multiple pathways to ICT careers that are attractive to a broader range of people. I’m delighted by the support expressed by tech companies through-out the country for the new Tech Apprenticeship which has the goal of 1,000 apprentices per annum by 2021.”

This latest Audit, which took place in in the period July 2017– January 2018, shows the major job growth in the sector is being driven by just by the expansion of existing IT companies but by the wider adoption of new IT technologies as more companies seek to use them to climb the value chain.  Currently, over 130,000 people are now employed in tech related sectors of the economy.  More tech companies in Ireland, both foreign and indigenous, are embracing key drivers of change such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud-based technologies, etc.  These technologies have potential in all industrial sectors to enhance productivity and performance.   

Other key findings from the FIT Skills Audit 2018 include:

  • There is strong demand for ICT practitioners across all disciplines and at different skills levels – 58% of immediate vacancies are for employees able to exercise skills at the competent and entry levels and 42% are at the expert level.
  • The demand is on the part of SME’s as well as of large corporations.
  • ICT jobs have grown in locations right across the country, both rural and urban.
  • Many of the vacancies require people who are tech savvy and have transferable skills and competencies in areas such as project management, entrepreneurship, marketing and customer service.
  • Tech sector companies also have many ancillary roles in areas such as logistics, administration, sales and marketing etc.
  • The prospect of skills shortages constraining companies’ business plans is growing. This is increasing employer support for the roll-out of the new Tech Apprenticeship and their desire to attract more women into the sector.
  • Tech related roles do not exist just in tech sectors but have emerged in practically every sector of the economy as new and emerging ICT technologies are able to impact the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of everything from agriculture to medicine.
  • Communications and problem-solving were voted first and second most important attributes with regard to transferable skills and professional development.


Paul Sweetman, Director Technology Ireland and FIT Board Member said, “since 2011, a staggering 34,500 jobs have been announced by technology companies in Ireland – large and small, indigenous and multinational. The FIT Audit points to an array of skills needed over the coming years. The Audit also supports the emergence of alternative routes into the sector. The ICT Associate Professional Programme Tech Apprenticeship is now seeing real traction and is a solid example of what modern apprenticeships can achieve. Graduates will display robust technical skills coupled with entrepreneurship and business savvy, acquired through direct and sustained work experience. It is an exciting compliment to the current availability of strong courses at third level.”


About FIT

FIT is an industry-led initiative which works in close collaboration with government departments and national education and training agencies, local development organisations and a host of community based organisations. Its primary partners in education and training include SOLAS, ETBs, ETBI, Technology Ireland, Intreo, Third Level Institutions, Regionals Skills For and local development / community organisations.

FIT’s mission is to promote an inclusive Smart Economy by creating a fast track to marketable technical skills for those with the aptitude and ambition to commence a career in ICT. FIT is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. The Initiative develops and promotes technology-based programmes and career development opportunities for job-seekers wishing to progress in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. FIT commenced in 1999, operates nationally. 


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ICT Skills Audit 2018 was last modified: June 19th, 2018 by admin