Many of the largest corporations in the Netherlands have undergone large-scale projects of digital transformation, or have at least set the ball rolling on this process. Consequently, there has been a growth in demand for software developers, engineers and testers. Another growing discipline in the country is a relatively new one called DevOps - a role which combines skills in Development and Operations.
Digital transformation across enterprises
There is also an increasing need for niche tech skills in SMEs. Many of these businesses are young and versatile, without cumbersome legacy systems to shake off, making them able to swiftly adapt and learn.
A strong economy is driving a growth in startups and also in larger companies investing. From a strategical standpoint, businesses acknowledge that digital transformation has to happen comprehensively; it can't be limited just to technology. Businesses must consider how the digital age is impacting every aspect of its deliverance of a product or service. What once was its own distinct department has grown into a strategic imperative that permeates across entire organisations.
The skills needed at companies are also rapidly changing. New skills like analytics, big data, blockchain, Cloud Solutions, CD/CI and SDN Technology are in high demand. Simultaneously, demand is exceeding supply in more established areas like SAP, Java, Oracle, project management, business analysis and generalised end-to-end engineers.
The industry changes are happening apace, and new specialist skills are required to work with artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things and Big Data. The adoption of these types of technologies is gaining momentum, and it will take time for the talent that is required to manage these projects to catch up to the growing demand.
What can be done
Businesses must now think outside the box for new means to find people who possess these rare, high-demand skills. In the long term, there needs to be a focus on the future requirements employers will have and an education system that accommodates them - some universities are already starting to add blockchain to their course options.
But for now, creativity is needed to find and attract talented individuals. Vine Resources has an international footprint that can draw on talent from across Europe and North America, as well as transition people across from different industry backgrounds. If you are looking to for IT work in the Netherlands, the skills listed in this article will generate a lot of demand for your talent, if you have the credentials.