The digitization of the economy is not necessarily leading to fewer workers being required. The current Business Survey from the Digital Association Bitkom proves this. "The increases in revenue primarily mean new jobs", commented the Managing Director Dr. Bernhard Rohleder on the survey results: two out of three companies in the digital sector want to take on more staff in 2017, while only 8% predict that they will have to make staff cuts. "In the past five years over 100,000 new jobs have been created. Digitalization doesn’t kill jobs – it’s the biggest driver for the labor market", says Rohleder.
Meanwhile, the lack of suitably qualified workers is having negative effects on the business climate: at Bitkom they predict that there could currently be around 51,000 unfilled positions for IT specialists – simply because there aren’t the specialists to fill them. The requirements range from IT systems salespeople to security specialists to statisticians and data scientists . 65% of companies feel that their development is being held back due to a lack of specialists.