According to the most recent statistics presented by the Workers' Commissions (CCOO), the job offer for tech positions in Spain is 22.7 percent. However, the demand for this type of work has decreased by 12.9 percent since 2008. The ICT industry has gone up to 100,000 people since 2008.
These are professionals who have found better employment in European countries such as Germany, France, England, or Ireland, where salaries are often twice or triple what are offered in Spain. According to the Association of Digital Technology Companies, Spain currently has more than 120,000 unfilled technology vacancies, according to statistics from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
“Digital talent is finding employment outside of the country. It is critical that the business fabric recognizes the value that tech professionals provide, as well as a flexible working environment”, according to Gary Mullan, CEO of Prosperity Digital, a HR organization specialized in attracting digital talent.
The technical employees they do not have great difficulties in accessing the workforce. However, they believe that working conditions in Spain can be improved. "In recent years, temporary contracts and low salaries have been offered compared to offers in other countries, which helps national talent to be captured by the European market," says Gary Mullan.
On the other hand, they come into play the salaries and how these differ depending on the country in which the worker is located. Despite the fact that the salaries of many other professionals in Spain are higher than those of other countries, they are still lower.
According to Prosperity Digital's CEO, a worker in the ICT sector earned an average of 2,810 euros in Spain. In Germany, he earned 5,793 euros and in the United Kingdom, 4,825 euros.
The drive for the digitization of all kinds of industries is intensifying, and for this reason, it is essential to think about the incorporation of the next generation into the labor market, in order to alleviate the shortage of profiles. "During the training phase, students must acquire the required skills to work in a digital environment."
To tackle this issue, there are currently plans for digitization in the educational sector both at a European level (Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027) and national level (Educate in Digital Program, which began last year 2020 -2021), which will transform educational institutions. "There is more demand for candidates than training offers related to professions such as programming, robotics, or UX/UI, professions that will forever define employment and require a modernized structure and teaching staff," says Gary Mullan.