In a recent survey, IT managers said that they were willing to pay more for employees with these hard-to-find cloud skills.
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Cloud computing skills rank among the most in-demand of all IT skills. As organizations move more of their infrastructure to public clouds, they are having trouble finding the qualified professionals they need to manage and support their environment.
In the fall of 2017, Rackspace published a study titled The Cost of Cloud Expertise based on a survey of 950 IT decision makers and 950 IT professionals that was conducted in collaboration with LSE academics and Vanson Bourne. It found, "Nearly three quarters of IT decision makers (71%) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5% of total global revenue, or $258,188,279 per organization." The average revenue for those organizations was $5.2 billion.
It's not that organizations aren't looking for the cloud professionals they need. At the time of writing, a search for "cloud computing" jobs on Indeed.com returned more than 10,000 listings.
However, companies are finding that it takes a long time to fill those positions. According to the Rackspace report, "On average, it takes five weeks to fill an open role on an IT team – over 50% more than the overall average of 23 days."
For job seekers, the good news is that the demand for cloud computing expertise is driving up salaries. Acquiring new skills could result in a significant bump in pay — if you acquire the right kinds of skills, that is.
So what are the cloud skills that employers want? Respondents in the Rackspace survey identified the 10 cloud skills that they paid the most for, as well as the cloud skills that are hardest to find.
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Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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