It’s pretty clear that executives in Mexico see a clear connection between technology and business success, as recent research from IT trade association CompTIA makes clear.
Compared to many of their global peers, execs from Mexico were more optimistic about general business conditions over the next year and among the most bullish about technology’s potential to impact business results. Their planned IT spending increases are also among the highest of the 10 countries surveyed.
All of the countries in the study report gaps between current IT skills and desired skills. Only 16 percent of respondents said they were “exactly where they want to be” in terms of IT skills. While 40 percent reported being “very close,” that leaves nearly half of respondents (44 percent) looking for significant improvements.
Thirty-nine percent of respondents plan to add IT staff in the next 12 months, up from the 24 percent who added staff in 2012. Nearly 60 percent report concerns over finding the desired quantity and quality of IT workers.
The percentage of respondents with concerns is a bit higher in Mexico, where 63 percent indicated worries over finding the right workers.
Mexican respondents are in the middle of the pack with their hiring plans. Forty-five percent of them intend to hire IT staff. At the top and bottom of the staffing scale are the Middle East, where 62 percent of respondents have hiring plans, and Japan, where only 15 percent of respondents will add staff.
A whopping 92 percent of Mexican executives said there were IT skills gaps at their companies, though 49 percent reported the skills gaps were small. Just 11 percent of the Mexican execs said they were “not that close” to the desired skill level.
For Mexican execs, the top three factors contributing to IT skills gaps are fast-changing technology, which makes it tough for workers to remain current with skills, cited by 42 percent of respondents; IT education that does not sufficiently translate to real-world performance (39 percent); and a lack of resources for IT skill development (38 percent).
The top five IT skills for Mexican companies in the next 12 months are IT security, network infrastructure, data storage/back-up, Web/e-commerce and data analytics/business intelligence.