There is increasing demand for cloud computing, mobile and big data skills among businesses, according to Amazon Web Services (AWS) UK managing director Iain Gavin.
In an interview with V3, Gavin said these big technology trends were encouraging individuals with a background in technology to up-skill to make themselves more attractive to potential employers.
He said the greatest demand when it comes to the cloud is for technical architects and app developers. “Individuals want more formalised training, such as how to design the technology. We’re seeing a particular demand, for instance, in how to provision the elasticity and flexibility of the cloud, and how to exploit these advantages,” Gavin added.
Gavin said AWS had also seen an increasing demand for system operators and administrators to run the systems once they are built.
Despite concerns from some there is a skills shortage in the IT market Gavin said the firm was not seeing this issue: "I wouldn't say the industry is experiencing a shortage of such skills. What we're witnessing is a very active market," he added.
Gavin noted many businesses have chosen to train their own staff to build cloud applications rather hire short-term contractors.
AWS has also witnessed a growing need for business analysts who can analyse the large amount of data stemming from mobile applications, as well as developers who can create mobile applications and who can build big grids to run analysis of data.
Gavin speaks with a large amount of experience. In addition to his role at AWS, he has lectured at Hampton and Surrey universities and is also involved with Springboard, a programme for start-ups.
Last year, AWS launched a certification programme for its cloud computing platform, which seeks to provide credentials for developers and administrators looking to oversee the development and operation of cloud deployments.
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