The data center talent shortage: why hiring the right people is crucial
Cloud storage, 5G and emerging technologies have all affirmed the demand for data centers across the world, as major corporations seek new ways in which to store applications, servers and crucial digital information.
Pair this with the fact that data usage reportedly increased by 47% last year during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and the need for data centers, as well as the individuals to manage them, has never been greater.
With this in mind, those involved in data storage will be slightly alarmed to see that according to Vertiv’s Data Center 2025 survey, one-third of all data center personnel could be leaving the workforce in the next six years. This level of knowledge departing the industry cannot go unnoticed.
In order to avoid a talent crisis in the coming years, businesses must react to dynamic market conditions in order to build awareness of the industry itself, as well as putting talent management plans in place to ensure they don’t fall behind.
The rapid rise of data centers
The positive side of Vertiv’s survey is that the growth of data center construction and development does not appear to be slowing down. With advancements in technology and the streamlining of processes continually in motion, there has never been a more exciting time for the sector.
As we have previously discussed in our blog on the rise of data center construction in 2020, the increased demand across the globe will only further fuel the need for tech-driven solutions in the next 10, 20 or even 50 years.
Take the US as an example. With major conglomerates strengthening their position on cloud storage as well as expanding 5G networks across the country, the data center market is expected to reach revenues of over $69 billion by 2024, a huge increase on the reported figure of $22.8 billion in 2014.
How to manage a potential talent shortage
Despite all of the developments that are taking place in an increasingly automated world, it is important to note that technology can only take us so far. There is still an urgent need for qualified personnel to not only maintain operations, but to bring innovative ideas to the table in order to drive further growth.
In particular, it is crucial for businesses of all sizes to be able to rely on executives who can manage and lead an entire hierarchy of employees in order to ensure continuity on an organisational scale.
To achieve this, companies need to look at implementing effective and long-term talent management and succession planning strategies, which will enable them to clearly streamline their recruitment plans for the future, as well as outlining direct paths of progression for all employees; from apprentices and entry-level personnel to c-suite executives.
By anticipating and identifying trends and skills that employees will need to succeed in this growing industry in the years to come, it will become easier to incorporate change management and agile thinking as part of job descriptions and onboarding processes.
G&E Partners’ approach to talent management
G&E Partners works exclusively with multinational clients who specialise in the construction and development of data centers, primarily in the US, as well as industry-leading candidates with several years of experience in this sector.
In order to maximise the chances of a successful placement, we apply our tried and tested talent management approach to everything we do, allowing us to understand where a candidate wants to be in their career, and aligning this with the business culture of our clients.
In the data center industry, we are renowned for facilitating mid-management to senior-level executive hires who are responsible for mission-critical processes in an ever-changing landscape.
It is our goal to consistently build and maintain long-term and sustainable partnerships, ensuring that we are able to fully understand the requirements of a business when it comes to finding the next generation of leaders. Read more about our talent management approach here.
G&E Partners is an executive search firm that provides immediate and long term solutions for leading businesses in the data center industry. To find out how we can help your business, please contact us today.