CIOs are increasingly seeking workers who not only possess technical skills — but soft skills, as well. Driving this need is the dilemma of melding a company’s business goals with emerging technologies.
As a result, soft skills such as teamwork, project management, analytical skills and out-of-the-box thinking are becoming highly valued traits in developers and other IT professionals.
Here’s how the survey results of 500 U.S. companies — which come from CompTIA — stack up:
- 93 percent felt a skills gap exists between the company’s needs and their IT staff’s capabilities.
- Approximately 60 percent say they’re not close to narrowing the gap.
- 48 percent indicated plans to focus on narrowing the gap.
- 19 percent plan to only focus on developing soft skills
In an era when multitasking is considered a great asset, employers are finding it needs to extend out even further out — to dual-career tasking. It’s just another indication that IT isn’t just about tech skills anymore.