TECH SUPPLIER Sep 2021 - Market Perspective - Doc # US48223621

Quantifying the Worldwide Shortage of Full-Time Developers

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Arnal Dayaratna
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This IDC Market Perspective provides a global specification of the full-time developer shortage from 2021 to 2025. The global shortage of full-time developers will increase from 1.4 million in 2021 to 4.0 million in 2025, which means that the full-time developer labor force will perform 90.8% capacity in 2021 and 84.9% capacity in 2025. The shortage of full-time developers means that part-time developers serve as an auxiliary labor force that complements the existing pool of full-time developers to bridge the gap between the availability of existing full-time developer resources and the labor pool required to successfully execute on existing digital transformation initiatives. IDC believes that the long-term solution for redressing the shortage of full-time developers is to create educational infrastructures that empower full-time developers to obtain the education that they need to become full-time developers.

"While part-time developers provide an invaluable resource for organizations to continue digitizing business operations and processes, there is no substitute for trained full-time developers that have the skills to architect digital solutions with due consideration for their long-term viability, scalability, and security," said Arnal Dayaratna, research vice president, Software Development at IDC.


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