Data-center staffing shortage to spike in coming years

With data-center recruitment issues projected to increase, researchers from Uptime Institute are concerned the bar is set too high for applicants.

With the predicted growth in the data-center market comes a concurrent need for more staff. According to a report from the Uptime Institute, the number of staff needed to run the world's data centers will grow from around two million in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025.

This estimate covers more than 230 specialist job roles for different types and sizes of data centers, with varying criticality requirements, from design through operation, and across all global regions.

Already the industry is bedeviled by staffing shortages. Fifty percent of those surveyed by Uptime Institute said they were currently experiencing difficulties finding candidates for open positions, up from 38% in 2018.

One reason for the staffing shortage is that the bar to entry is set too high and excludes candidates who could otherwise do the job.

While employers tend to have high education requirements, in reality, many data-center jobs do not require a high level of formal education, even in positions where the employer may have initially required it.

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