With 14,000 active companies (5.7% more than in 2015) and employment standing at a record 103,300 people (up 26% on the previous year), the information and communication technology (ICT) sector experienced remarkable growth in 2016.
Yet the vitality of this part of the Catalan economy has not had an impact on professional vocations. And it faces problems in generating and retaining talent, said Jordi Williams Carnes, the president of CTecno (Cercle Tecnològic de Catalunya) when he presented the Catalan Technological Sector Barometer for 2017.
The CTecno annual report warns of a lack of local professionals with technological training, which contrasts with the business community’s need for this type of person. A shortfall that the sector is covering by hiring labour from other European countries.
Apart from the shortage of technological professionals, there is a limited presence of women in the ICT sector (only 31% compared to 69% for men) and in support tasks such as finance, administration and human resources.
The Barometer recommends promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) vocations in education as well as attracting female talent to and boosting their presence in the sector.