CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and 200+ C-level tech leaders shared their insights in Skillsoft’s annual IT Skills and Salary survey — revealing a pressing skills crisis in critical areas of business, including cybersecurity, data science, and artificial intelligence.
This report provides C-level tech leaders with a roadmap to help them build agile, future-fit teams through transformative learning.
The top areas of investment for the C-suite this year are cybersecurity, data science and cloud. However, these are also the most difficult to recruit skilled talent for. That’s why many leaders are looking to upskill and reskill their workforce.
The highest percentage (38%) of C-suite tech leaders agree cybersecurity is the most difficult area to hire for.
Despite being a top investment area, 57% of tech leaders say their team’s current skills in AI are low.
63% of leaders reported having three or more vacant positions on the team. Recruiting talent is the C-suite's biggest challenge right now.
Addressing the Skills Gap
Nearly half of leaders plan to invest in training to close skills gaps. However, many plan to brave the tight labor market — while some still have no plan.