6000 New Jobs in Metro Vancouver by 2015 due to Cloud Computing Growth
In the last week, both the Vancouver Sun and Business in Vancouver (BIV) reveal strong job growth in the technology sector. The Vancouver Sun reports that Metro Vancouver is expected to gain 6,000 jobs by 2015 due to cloud computing growth, based on research for Microsoft by International Data Corporation (IDC). The IDC foresees 20 per cent annual job growth related to cloud services through 2015 in Vancouver. Small and medium sized businesses will add at least 2,900 new jobs, while large-scale companies will add more than 3,000 new workers, as a result of cloud technology*.
The forecast on the Cloud computing growth is based on the fact that at least 75 per cent of information technology (IT) spending is consumed by maintenance of cash-eating legacy computing systems and “routine upgrades. John Weigelt, national technology officer for Microsoft Canada, said in Vancouver that it’s a philosophical shift — and a financial one — as opposed to a technology issue.
The IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. It has a network of over 1000 analysts in Canada providing expertise on technology, industry opportunities and trends in Canada.
In the BIV, “Tech Job Wars Heat up BC”, Microsoft was included in the line-up of technology employers seeking to hire large numbers of new staff, alongside Hootsuite, Electronic Arts and Amazon. In the bi-annual BCTIA survey, IT jobs grew 12% from 2010 to 2011, adding back all jobs lost in the 2009 recession. The sector is also expected to add 3,000 new jobs in 2012 and over 10,000 new jobs by 2015. These numbers are significantly impacted by cloud computing growth.
Finally, we spoke to an IT recruiter who confirmed that developers who are certified for Microsoft SharePoint and have experience are in demand in Metro Vancouver. These highly specialized technology skills are hard to source for portal solutions on the Cloud.
For Microsoft Cloud reports and SharePoint case studies, visit www.pcis.com/about-us/cloud-whitepapers.htm.
* Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Cloud+computing+will+touch+global+boom/6260828/story.html
** Source: BIV.com (Feb 28 to Mar 5, 2012)
Liza Lee March 8th, 2012 01:26:55 PM