Adevinta Spain has outlined the strategies that it has adopted to deal with a shortage of IT professionals to newspaper El Español. These include a mentoring program, where senior workers accompany and train new hires; working with the BCN Inclusive Coding and Factoría F5 initiatives to help those at risk of social exclusion gain coding skills; seeking to get more women into the field through positive discrimination; and building teams where the remuneration system is more meritocratic.
According to a report entitled Employability and Digital Talent 2022 that was published by the VASS Foundation and the Autonomous University of Madrid, while 8,147 individuals graduated from Spanish universities with computer science degrees in 2021, this was 7,000 short of the level of demand for graduates in the field. “If long ago, it was usual to find 60 candidates for each job offer, in the digital sector the current average is 3 applicants per position,” according to data from recruitment consultancy Talent Up, the newspaper reported.
“Our activity contributes to meeting a general need and, at the same time, offering an opportunity for reskilling and upskilling to different profiles, so that individuals join sectors that a few years ago they would not even have considered,” commented Román Campa, CEO of the Barcelona-based company.
“Training is key, as we often find ourselves with a lack of connection between what is shared in educational centers and what we later need in companies. We believe that it is necessary to adapt training to the real demands of the current labor market,” asserted Susana Vicente, people and communications director at Adevinta Spain.
A subsidiary of Oslo-based Adevinta, Adevinta Spain in the largest player in marketplaces in the country, with such verticals as Fotocasa (property), Coches.net (automotive), employment (InfoJobs) and Milanuncios (general goods).