Forbes: 3 ways to bridge the tech skills gap in 2022.

December 22, 2021 Rebecca Henderson

Seemingly everything about the world of work has changed drastically since early 2020 — except for a few enduring trends, like the IT skills gap. Employers are still struggling to find talent for key roles including AI, machine learning, data science, cybersecurity and more. 

“For each U.S. job in this field, only eight potential candidates are available — the lowest ratio among the 26 markets we’ve studied,” writes Rebecca Henderson, Randstad executive board member and CEO of global businesses, referencing Randstad Sourceright’s new Global In-Demand Skills Report

While the talent data may be concerning, Henderson believes that a multi-pronged approach can help. She advocates for reskilling programs that can prepare existing employees for new roles in IT. Data from Monster shows that approximately 50% of employees want skills training.

In addition, Henderson advises companies to invest in STEM education initiatives by supporting local schools, providing internships and work-study programs, and recruiting from diverse colleges and universities. She also reminds employers to walk the talk when it comes to work-life balance: offering hybrid and 100% remote work arrangements, mental health days, and flexibility for personal needs. 

Read Henderson’s detailed discussion in Forbes and download the Global In-Demand Skills Report from Randstad Sourceright for additional data on skills demand and availability around the world.

About the Author

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson is CEO of Randstad Global Businesses and executive board member of Randstad. In this core leadership role, Rebecca brings more than 20 years of experience in all facets of talent acquisition solutions and technology. With deep insights and progressive perspectives, Rebecca steers Randstad Global Business’ development to ensure human capital leaders can play a strategic role in driving growth locally, across regions and globally. Rebecca is a highly regarded leader in the talent management field and has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in “The Global Power 100 Hall of Fame.”

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