Future ICT Skills Needs to 2022

29 March 2019 

Expert Group on Future Skill Needs (EGFSN) Forecasting the Future for High Level ICT Skill Needs

The strong demand from employers for people with high level ICT skills across the economy is forecast to continue over the coming years, according to a new report published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. This is forecast to result in a potential 73,000 new High-Level ICT job openings, arising from expansion and replacement demand, between 2018 and the end of 2022.

The report is a qualitative and quantitative overview of the market, technology and service trends, and demand for High Level ICT Skills in Ireland over the period 2017 to 2022. ‘High level’ is defined as those skills required for designing, building and implementing high level ICT systems i.e. Computer and Electrical/Electronic engineering skills at NFQ Levels 6/7 and Levels 8+. This excludes primarily ICT user skills.

The study finds that there will be strong growth in the demand for High Level ICT Skills in the coming years, driven by market demand, technology shifts, the impact of cloud, and the spread of digitalisation across all sectors. Key technologies and applications identified include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Analytics, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, Micro- and Nano-electronics and 3D Printing.

The complete report can be accessed by clicking here