Upskilling Key to Tech Staffing Challenges, Says LF Survey


98% of organizations consider upskilling an important strategy.

Nearly half (48%) of tech organizations would prioritize upskilling or cross-skilling existing staff over hiring new employees or engaging consultants in 2024, according to a new report from the Linux Foundation.

The 2024 State of Tech Talent Report highlights the importance of upskilling, cross-skilling, and certifications for navigating today’s tech staffing challenges, as “98 percent of organizations consider upskilling an important strategy, with 36 percent rating it extremely important.”

Other findings from the report include:

  • Certifications rank higher than college or university degrees (23 percent to 16 percent) when assessing technical skills.
  • The most cited benefits of upskilling are diversifying employee skill sets for redeployment (40%), advancing careers (40%), and developing junior potential (40%).
  • Despite the news headlines, less than one-third of organizations surveyed reduced their technical headcount in 2023.

Organizations surveyed also say their key areas of focus for staffing are: cloud (55%), DevOps (51%), cybersecurity (49%), and AI/ML (43%).



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