Talent Monitor: IT labor market in figures

The labor shortage in the Netherlands is now present in all occupational groups, according to the UWV. Figures for the second quarter of 2022 show that with a tension indicator - number of open vacancies divided by the number of people receiving unemployment benefits for less than six months - the occupational group IT is classified as the most tight of sixteen groups. Therefore extremely interesting to further scrutinize in this Talent Monitor.

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By 2030: 1 in 10 in Dutch labor market IT professional

Currently, one in seventeen people in the Dutch labor market is an IT professional. In ten years, this has nearly doubled. At the current growth rate of almost seven percent per year, by 2030 one in ten of the Dutch labor force will be an IT professional. That said, the battle for salaried and temporary IT professionals, self-employed and employed by secondment companies, is in full swing. At nearly 65%, the sourcing pressure is unprecedentedly high, especially given the 37.6% average for the entire labor force.

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Key findings

  • No surprise: IT workers are extremely scarce. Demand is increasing, but supply is also rising 6.9% year on year. In the past decade, the number of IT workers has almost doubled, and by 2030 there will be over 1 million of them in the Netherlands. By then, one in ten people in the labor market will be IT professionals.
  • There remains a continued growing demand for IT professionals, both employed and self-employed. The latter group is growing more slowly and is more dependent on cyclical fluctuations.
  • There is increasing competition among clients who more often use labor market communications to be attractive, resulting in some having offers and others having none. The latter can certainly be called a trend. The tightness in the self-employed market means that clients are investing more in "selling" their assignments.
  • The number of active job seekers is very low. The battle for the latent job and assignment seeker takes place primarily on LinkedIn, networks, platforms and the company's own VMS/ATS systems. While salaried IT professionals are increasingly being hounded - nearly two in three are approached at least once a quarter - it is notable that active sourcing of IT professionals seems to be on its way out slightly. This may run parallel to slightly fewer assignments on the market, and we don't want to call it a trend either, since it is by far the most important sourcing channel, of both permanent and flex.
  • One in five IT professionals manages to remain structurally under the radar. This is quite apart from the group that is found and approached but does not respond. The right to privacy and the right to be unreachable is certainly a trend - whether or not soon supported by legislation in the Netherlands - that IT professionals are leading the way in the job market.
  • In terms of working conditions and pull factors, IT professionals have already seen many of their needs met. That is increasingly a hygiene factor. Selling the job, the assignment and the work, that's the emphasis. What am I going to do? With whom? For whom? And why? Three sentences won't get you there as an employer.


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