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Sky’s the Limit for Cloud Professionals
Sky’s the Limit for Cloud Professionals
Ganesh Subramaniam

Senior Consultant at Draup

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Sky’s the Limit for Cloud Professionals

30 May 2019

Growing cloud adoption has lead to an increasing need for Cloud Engineering and Support Talent

The demand for cloud computing solutions has skyrocketed in recent times and this exhibited trend is only going to continue. The market is expected to reach an estimated $41 billion by 2020 fuelling a sharp demand for Cloud professionals across industries. With the enormous amount of resources being invested in cloud-based solutions, the demand for future-ready cloud professionals is on the rise.

This rapidly changing technology and skills landscape is forcing Talent Planning and Talent Acquisition professionals to relook into their talent planning strategies.

Understanding of Cloud roles has become essential for Talent Planning and Talent Acquisition leaders to make more informed hiring decisions. However, understanding the nuances associated with these rapidly evolving roles has been a challenge for the organizations.

Our recent study on cloud roles has unpacked the complexities associated with these roles including job roles, skills, job titles, workloads, tools and certifications.

1. Understanding the Cloud Job Family
Understanding the Cloud Job Family
Enterprises are offering more cloud-based solutions to capitalize on scalability, security and leverage on cost-effectiveness. With the ever-increasing need for cloud expertise, it is important for recruiters to understand the structure and taxonomy of the cloud role to make informed recruitment decisions. An analysis of over 100,000 profiles categorizes cloud roles under 6 primary functions depending on workloads and skills analysis.
2. High Density of Talent in Tier-2 Locations
High Density of Talent in Tier-2 Locations
North and South America have 45 percent of the global cloud support talent. The distribution of cloud support in Europe and Africa amount to 27 percent. There is a high density of cloud talent available in tier-1 and tier-2 global locations such as Renton, Portland, Denver, Austin, and Beijing. Top countries that have Cloud Support Talent presence are in Spain, Mexico, Israel, Finland and Singapore taking the top five positions. Low-cost locations like Mexico, Egypt, Czech Republic, Malaysia, and Indonesia are slowly witnessing the growth of cloud support talent, this is majorly driven by the adoption of cloud solutions among large and mid-sized enterprises in Software/Internet, banking and telecommunication industries.
3. Low-Cost Cloud Talent Locations
Low-Cost Cloud Talent Locations
Talent cost in tier-2 locations is 15-20 percent lower than tie-1 locations in the United States. Cloud talent availability in San Francisco Bay Area is the highest, but enterprises have to deal with the high talent costs in this location. Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado, on the other hand, have high cloud talent presence and a good mix of cloud talent pool with low-cost advantage. APAC cities like Bengaluru, NCR-India, Beijing, NCR-Philippines have a high presence of cloud support talent with a low talent cost.
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