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DevOps Institute Announces “Upskilling IT 2022” Report

A new report available in four versions with global and regional data, reveals a critical need to close DevOps skills gaps, identifies top skills capabilities, and highlights emerging job roles to help individuals and organizations accelerate IT transformations

LEHIGH ACRES, Florida., May 17, 2022 /CNW/ — DevOps Institute, a global trade association for advancing the human elements of DevOps, today announced the release of the “Upskilling IT 2022” report. Now in its fourth year, Upskilling IT examines DevOps development and recruitment trends in enterprise IT organizations of all sizes around the world. Additionally, the report identifies the IT skills needed in the modern DevOps landscape.

DevOps Institute is dedicated to advancing the human elements of DevOps success. As a global membership association, DevOps Institute is the go-to learning center that connects IT practitioners, education partners, consultants, talent acquisition, and business leaders to help pave the way to support digital transformation and new computing. For more information, visit (PRNewsfoto/The DevOps Institute)

For the first time, the report now offers four versions, the Global Report, the Americas Regional Report, the EMEA Regional Report and the APAC Regional Report. To generate the report, 2,476 respondents from 120 countries provided more than 58,000 data points.

The report can be downloaded from

“Strong people skills such as collaboration, communication, and social adaptability remain essential to the DevOps journey,” said Jayne Groll, CEO of the DevOps Institute. “In 2022, upskilling is as much an individual business as it is an organizational responsibility. IT professionals ultimately control and manage their own upskilling journeys – and hiring trends show that the “Learning critical skill sets is a worthwhile personal investment. Ideas about the skills that are most important to learn today – including essential people skills.”

Research and data analysis for Upskilling IT 2022 was led by the DevOps Institute Research Director, Eveline Oehrlichwith support from platinum sponsors GitLab and prism cloud by Palo Alto Networks, Gold Sponsor Rancher and supporters Cycloid, DDLS, The Linux Foundation, LLPA, LPI, Narada codeNTUC Learning Hub, Service Desk Institute and Taub Solutions.

Key global findings from the Upskilling IT 2022 report include:

  • Insufficient IT resource skills are a major challenge worldwide. Forty percent of survey respondents said a shortage of resources and skills is one of their top three challenges. While 52% of survey respondents say they have a formal development program in place, 27% are beginning to develop one and 16% do not have a formal development program.

  • Dealing with technical debt must go hand in hand with dealing with talent debt. While technical skills are a top priority, technology without human skills will not advance innovation and transformation.

  • While survey participants recognize technical and talent debt, barriers to upskilling prevent filling skills gaps. Lack of time (53%), lack of budget (47%), lack of on-topic content or depth (32%) and lack of priority from management (29%) are the top four obstacles.

  • Skills development is a professional and organizational imperative. Continuous learning must be fundamental for leaders and individuals and requires a change of mindset between leaders and individuals. The top five must-have skills capabilities need to be continuously improved: process and framework skills, people skills, technical skills, automation skills, and leadership skills.

  • Operations engineers are the most in-demand position with the most acute skills gap. Nearly 60% of respondents plan to recruit for operations engineering. Other positions that organizations plan to hire for include team leaders (40%) and site reliability engineers (30%). DevOps engineer, software engineer, site reliability engineer, infrastructure engineer, and automation architect are the top five recently hired job titles.

  • The majority of respondents, 93%, agree that people skills are essential or important. Respondents stated that collaboration and cooperation are the main human skills capacities. However, collaboration and cooperation are the main human skills gaps in their organizations. Additionally, diversity and inclusion have risen to prominence as indispensable core human skills.

  • Security and cybersecurity are the most important technical skills. Ninety-two percent of respondents identified this skill as essential or important. Over 93% of respondents said knowledge of some form of DevSecOps is a critical or important factor.

“It was no surprise to learn that teams spend 54% of their time globally on skills enhancement or training related to tools in development, security, and IT” , Oehrlich said. “This is great news; however, there are other skills that need to be developed. Combining this result with the fact that the biggest barrier to improving skills was lack of time, I am attempted to conclude the following: individuals say that “improving skills is not a priority for me unless it’s technical. I would recommend taking a look at the people skills gaps, which (according to our survey) are collaboration and cooperation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and interpersonal skills. Unfortunately, without developing these human skills, success and results will be difficult to achieve. Data from 2022 shows that managing talent debt alongside technical debt maintains competitiveness and drives organizational growth. As leaders manage the shortage of skilled people, they must embrace a continuous learning environment to accelerate organizational transformation and stay competitive in the marketplace.

DevOps Institute Certifications for Skills Enhancement

Now more than ever, organizations need DevOps professionals with validated skills and knowledge to support their digital transformation. DevOps Institute has identified nine core competencies and offers eleven certifications to help you advance your DevOps career and grow professionally.

Earn a DevOps certification in one or more of these core competencies to better promote yourself to employers and colleagues.

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About the DevOps Institute
DevOps Institute is a Member Professional Association and Certification Authority. DevOps Institute’s mission is to advance DevOps humans. It is the unifying force of an open and growing professional community of IT practitioners, consultants, talent acquisition and executives that helps pave the way to support digital transformation and new IT.

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