Labour shortages have made headlines across the globe, from truck drivers in the U.K. to construction workers in the US. But this is not just a blue-collar worker problem. Many companies are facing shortages in the white-collar space.
In Italy, the competition for talent, especially in the IT space, remains tough amid a serious skills shortage. According to a report by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology industry and workforce, the EU saw an increase of 9% of job postings for technology positions during Q1 2021 compared to Q4 2020 and an increase of 40% compared to Q3 2020, reflecting the hiring freeze in 2020, and then resurgence in 2021. In Italy specifically, the number of tech job postings in Q1 2021 increased by 50% compared to Q4 2020.
In addition, Italy has the highest proportion of young people aged 20-34 who are neither in employment nor in education and training in the entire EU, standing at almost 30% in 2020. With an aging population and the lack of tech skills coming out of the education system, there’s a noticeable disconnect between the demand for certain skills – and the supply of skills on the market. The digital transformation, accelerated by the pandemic, has pushed demand even higher. Businesses across Italy are fighting to attract the same pool of candidates.
“To win over the right candidates with the right skills for our clients in the consulting sector, the Adecco Group acts as a strategic advisor, able to go beyond traditional talent pools and instead taking a holistic approach towards proactively creating net new talent pipelines,” says Francesca Tornaghi, Global Industry Lead Financial Services and Consulting at the Adecco Group. “Our mission is to make the future work for everyone and we can only achieve this if we are able to activate our Adecco Group ecosystem and design resilient solutions customized to answer specific client needs. This includes advice on the best employment forms and how to get the best value in a short to medium period of time.”