This IDC Survey Spotlight presents results from IDC's February 2020 Technology Skills Survey (n = 1,404), a global survey of IT professionals and IT managers that examined the current and future importance of roles, skills, and training as the IT environment evolves and is part of IDC's groundbreaking research into the skills and job roles that organizations will need to bring their strategic digital technology transformation projects to fruition.
This IDC Survey Spotlight presents the "Skill Importance Index (SII)" for the 30 most important skills for IT project managers.
Skill Importance Index is effectively the actual demand by role for a specific skill. The SII for each role combines the frequency a skill is considered "important" to the role with the share of those who also expect to take training on that skill within 24 months.
Across the globe, organizations are challenged to find staff with the strategically important skills to deploy and use technology for their digital transformation efforts. This is not just an issue that's impacting the IT department — it's costing the business money and stunting organizations' ability to innovate. And with the increasing importance of IT to business success, it is increasingly important that IT professionals have the skills to perform their roles.
"By 2022, the financial impact of the IT skills gap will grow to $775 billion worldwide from $302 billion in 2019 as a result of delayed release of products/service, missed revenue, or increased cost. IT project managersmust continually build those skills that have strategic importance to their professional success." — Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IT Education and Certification research