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UTS Insearch holds workshop on IT jobs
By Minh Tuan
Wednesday,  Sep 19, 2018,14:46 (GMT+7)

UTS Insearch holds workshop on IT jobs

By Minh Tuan

Dr. Alan Sixsmith (C) from UTS speaks at the workshop - PHOTO: MINH TUAN

HCMC - UTS Insearch, the premium pathway provider to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), held a workshop on future jobs in the information technology (IT) era in HCMC on September 17.

The workshop welcomed Dr. Alan Sixsmith, Director of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of IT and Engineering at UTS, as guest speaker. Dr. Sixsmith had had a 20-year career as an IT practitioner working in the areas of software development, project and IT management and IT consulting before joining UTS in 2003.

With Vietnam’s IT and digital industries accelerating rapidly, the need for strong IT skills, digital literacy and interpersonal skills are in high demand, according to Dr. Alan Sixsmith.

“Strong IT infrastructure and digital technologies reinforce economic growth and productivity. With the Vietnamese Government’s E-commerce Master Plan and IT Master Plan paving the way, these industries are predicted to contribute 8-10% of Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020,” he said.

Dr. Sixsmith cited The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s 2018 report into Vietnam’s future digital economy saying that the country will need more than one million IT workers by 2020, with the demands for IT skills growing by 47% annually.

Hot trends in IT in Vietnam include artificial intelligence (AI), cloud storage, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and blockchain. Other key areas include the Internet of Things, e-commerce, and business process and IT outsourcing.

“Talent shortages in AI are already acute right across Asia. Globally the work-ready talent supply in AI is estimated at just 300,000 people, with a demand for several million specialists. This means high-tech talent in AI will remain in short supply globally for the foreseeable future,” Dr. Sixsmith said at the workshop.

Already employers right across Asia report difficulty in finding suitably-qualified IT staff to fill vacancies. Dr. Sixsmith cited Hays Asia reporting that 18-22% of organizations are finding it difficult to recruit entry to middle level IT staff.

“With global demand for IT specialists accelerating, those who have deep skills in developing and managing IT will remain at the front of the pack. Getting the right human capital to deliver on the opportunities ahead will be challenging,” he said.

According to Dr. Sixsmith, Vietnamese employers need excellent IT skills and digital literacy, but these employees should come with strong soft skills and social skills to build effective teams and communicate with global customers. Multidisciplinary skills and cross-industry experience will be in demand to draw on creativity, collaboration, problem solving and the application of knowledge.

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