Czechia lacks around 14,000 IT specialists

Published: 27.09.2021 Related countries:  Czech Republic Czech Republic

Almost 80% of the Czech companies struggle with finding suitable IT specialist.

The Czech Republic is currently lacking approximately 14,000 IT professionals, suggests a new survey, conducted by Coding Bootcamp Prague and the recruiting platform Techloop.

In total, the IT sector now employs over 316,000 people and about 79 percent of companies have problems finding suitable candidates when looking for new specialists.

According to the survey, the number of responses to IT advertisements is often many times lower than in other industries. It also points out that representation of women in this sector is still minimal.

"There are several reasons why the number of job offers is many times higher than the interest. First of all, it is the low number of university graduates and the growing demand caused by digitalization. Another reason why there is such low demand in this sector could be the relatively difficult retraining for IT positions," says Andrew Elliott, co-founder of the recruiting platform Techloop.

The salaries in individual IT positions vary quite widely based on the length of overall experience, the type of collaboration, or the number of programming languages a candidate knows.

According to the survey, the average salary of an IT employee is CZK 68,000. Junior positions usually stand around CZK 40,000, while senior positions reach an average of CZK 80,000.

At the moment, the largest percentage of IT specialists is in Prague, and Brno, followed, with a significant gap, by Ostrava. Most professionals are located in a close proximity to the country’s major technology companies.

Source: Radio Prague International, September 27th, 2021, https://english.radio.cz/
Compiled by the team of CzechTrade office in Latvia.