Shortage in cloud talent as cloud job seekers lag employer demand
- Employer demand for cloud computing roles, including infrastructure, security, architecture and engineering, rose almost 33% in the last three years. But job seeker interest in these positions, which has risen almost 108% in the same period, still falls short of meeting demand, according to an analysis of Indeed job data.
- Most cloud-related job search and posting activity relates to the biggest cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with related keyword searches jumping 223% in the last three years. Job listings for positions relating to the major providers increased by 101% in the same time.
- In the last year, searches for AWS and Azure have fallen 11.4% and 2.1%, respectively, as job listings increased 5.5% and 16.2%, respectively. Google saw a 72.7% increase in searchers and 66.7% increase in job listings.
Looking to cut into the cloud skills gap, major cloud providers have been upping training and education efforts. Last month, AWS partnered with Coursera for a cloud fundamental training program, creating an on-ramp for cloud professionals.
The growth in demand and interest in Google Cloud is perhaps the most striking: 1,088% increase in searches and 1,082% rise in job listings over three years.
Changes in searches and postings for AWS and Azure on Indeed sat in the 100% to 300% range.
Estimates have Google Cloud at 7% of global market share, behind Azure's 14% and AWS' whopping 34%. During the last three years under CEO Diane Greene, who stepped down in November, the unit cemented its place in conversations about the top cloud providers even as it struggled to break into double-digit market share.
While natural for a smaller player to experience higher growth rates than larger competitors, Google Cloud has established considerable market prominence despite lingering questions around its enterprise potential.
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