How to prevent the tech skills shortage from delaying your project

Have you or your business experienced project delays due to the inability to find workers with the necessary tech skills? If so, you are not alone, as IT decision-makers worldwide have increasingly experienced departmental skills gaps that can quickly slow down the delivery of critical business projects.

As consumer expectations continue to rise, one of the biggest challenges for businesses is that the demand for trained professionals who can write, secure, and implement solutions is outstripping supply. In addition, artificial intelligence and machine learning are predicted to rise by 40% over the next five years as decision-makers consider technology a critical business differentiator.

As a result, many believe the tech skills shortage and war for talent will mean businesses in the UK could struggle to fill jobs in the future. Any changes around encouraging greater diversity and promoting STEM subjects in the National Curriculum could take years to years to implement. It’s also important to remember that the current workforce consists of people no longer in education.

The entire system requires a shakeup and a new framework for everyone to enjoy a career of continuous learning awaits. Meanwhile, leaders and decision-makers face the difficult challenge of winning the battle to secure tech talent to get their projects delivered under budget and on time.

According to techUK’s Digital Economy Monitor report, 57% of UK IT firms predictably advised that the talent shortage and access to the needed skills for their projects is their biggest fear. With fewer people available to enable businesses to innovate and fuel growth, leaders are actively exploring new ways to build the teams they need to deliver bespoke business objectives.

“Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and other emerging technologies are happening in ever shorter cycles, changing the very nature of the jobs that need to be done – and the skills needed to do them – faster than ever before.”
World Economic Forum

More than a hundred UK companies, employing over 2,600 workers, are also leading a new migration towards a four-day week working model with no loss of pay for employees. The 4-day week campaign is described as ‘transformative,’ and many tech workers in high demand are increasingly rejecting the 9-5, 5-day working week.

However, these challenges collectively make it difficult for leaders to secure the resources needed to bring their future ambitions to life. As a result, businesses are exploring everything from filling existing skill gaps in teams and needing a quick turnaround to bring a project back on track to outsourcing an entire function.  

Bespoke teams delivering business objectives

Ultimately, the projects of today that will go on to deliver future successes require skilled and tech-enabled teams to transform the customer experience and fuel the business in a digital world. For these reasons alone, a transformational journey is not something an enterprise should ever take alone. 

It’s not just about rethinking resources but also retiring the notion that IT projects will overrun and proactively ensuring that the right software and services contracts are selected from the outset. Instead, it’s time to think and act differently.

The right partner will help you maintain focus and keep you on the right track at a time when every leader is challenged with doing more with less. At Boss Consulting, we enable businesses to sidestep the battle for tech talent by assembling bespoke teams to deliver projects that achieve business objectives.

What is the secret to a successful transformation journey? Looking under the hood, you will find strategic advisory, pre-programme, in-flight, recovery services, and various contractual models to meet the client’s unique requirements. These are just a few ways that the right support partner removes the weight off your shoulders, so you no longer have to worry about the tech skills shortage slowing down your transformation efforts.

In conclusion, tech skills are in short supply at a time it’s become a business priority to keep up with the pace of technological change. Rather than attempting to navigate unchartered digital waters alone, contact our team of experts, who will ensure you sidestep these challenges, leaving you to focus on opportunities.