Demand for Cloud Professionals to Touch 2 Million by 2025: Nasscom

Vaibhav Srivastava
26 August 2021

As per a report by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), in collaboration with Draup, Accenture and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has stated that the demand for cloud professionals is expected to touch 2 million by 2025.

The report, which is titled “Cloud Skills: Powering India’s Digital DNA,” says India ranks third across all verticals with over 6 lakh cloud professionals including technology. But, the demand for such professionals is surging to a great extent not just in India but all across the globe. This has led to an exponential need for the right talent in the cloud space. In the year 2020 alone, India had close to 380,000 job openings for cloud professionals which is 40 per cent more in comparison to 2019. However, skilled cloud techies still outweigh the prevailing requirement.

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This report also covers requirements around the key roles in Cloud solutions, and areas such as network virtualisation, native application development, service architecture and containerisation, are getting substantial demand among businesses. As security is becoming an integral part of the cloud, expertise in SASE platforms, cloud security, access management, identity and data encryption are witnessing exponential growth.

Another report from Nasscom states that the cloud industry will globally touch $800 billion by 2025. The report said that India has the required ecosystem to take a big share of this market and to be seen as the cloud solutions hub for the world. However, for this dream to materialise, India must get its cloud skills to stack right.

However, the data suggests that there is a huge gap between the demand for cloud professionals needed by the companies in comparison to the skilled resources available in the market. Filling this huge gap should be the topmost priority for India. This can be done by targeting the professionals who are already working at different cloud-related profiles and also by tapping the freshers who have just passed out from the universities with a little grooming and on-job training and development programs.

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