Talent pool not big enough to meet skyrocketing cloud computing job demand

VMware, Microsoft, Amazon are top hiring cloud companies

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  IT Management

The number of job postings in the cloud computing industry is growing so rapidly that there aren't enough qualified workers available to fill the positions, according to an analysis of hiring trends by Wanted Analytics.

There were 5,000 jobs posted online related to cloud technology, a 92% increase from the same month last year and a more than four times increase compared to 2010.

"With the demand for cloud skills growing so quickly, the gap between hiring demand and talent supply across the United States is getting larger and causing more difficulties in sourcing candidates," the report said.

The number of job postings in the cloud computing industry is growing so rapidly that there aren't enough qualified workers available to fill the positions, according to an analysis of hiring trends by Wanted Analytics.

There were 5,000 jobs posted online related to cloud technology, a 92% increase from the same month last year and a more than four times increase compared to 2010.

"With the demand for cloud skills growing so quickly, the gap between hiring demand and talent supply across the United States is getting larger and causing more difficulties in sourcing candidates," the report said.

READ: What the cloud really means for your IT job

Most of the cloud jobs are from service providers, with VMware posting the most cloud jobs last month with 360, according to Wanted Analytics. Microsoft had the second most with 230, while Amazon.com, URS Corp. and Google rounded out the top five.

Cloud computing jobs in the highest demand are technical skills, such as software engineers, systems engineers and network administrators.

About a quarter of the job postings sought candidates with cloud knowledge, but it's not just technology jobs that employers are looking to fill. The leading non-technical jobs where cloud skills were desired included marketing managers, sales managers, management analytics and financial analysts. Those are for jobs in marketing cloud services, or marketing a cloud-based offering, says Carolyn Menz of Wanted Analytics.

San Jose is the top metropolitan market for cloud jobs, with more than 900 cloud postings last month, up 144% compared to the same month last year. Seattle, Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York City are other hotbeds for cloud jobs.

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