P@SHA’s Skill Development and Training committee is headed by the Vice Chairperson of P@SHA, Ms. Shamim Rajani and other members, including Salman Dar – CEO Itroos, Bilal Mahmood, CEO Contour Software, Syed Ali – CEO 7Vals and Barkan Saeed – CEO Vizteck Solutions. One of the objectives of the committee is to provide the right platform for carrying out technical training for the resources of P@SHA members with the help of partners and consultants. Another interesting program that will be carried out is the CxO mentorship program, in which CxOs of bigger firms will mentor the CxOs of smaller firms on how to scale their companies. P@SHA’s SD&T committee will enable the matchmaking of the mentors and mentees as per the required expertise. All these programs will be exclusive for P@SHA members only.
P@SHA acknowledges the shortage of resource talent based on the feedback of many of its members, including bigger enterprises as well as Micro-Small-Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). To address this challenge, the P@SHA’s SD&T committee recently conducted a survey to analyze the needs of the IT industry’s training requirements. The survey was open for all to participate and the results provided good insight into the prevailing technical expertise which are required by the industry right now as well as within the next six months.
According to the survey, around 50% of the respondents have both local and foreign clients. 47% of the respondents have less than 50 employees and an employee strength of 25% of the respondents is in between 50 to 100. 61% of the respondents do not have internal training programs and while only 39% have an internal program in place that focuses on the training of fresh graduates as well as experienced personnel for the new technologies. At the moment, companies are mostly working in MEAN/MERN stacks, cloud technologies like AWS and Azure, native mobile app development, digital marketing and other web development technologies. In the foreseeable future, around 54% of the companies will be focusing on Artificial Intelligence, while around 46% will focus on Big Data and Blockchain and around 36% of them will be interested to work in Cloud Computing and MERN.
The top technologies in which companies are interested to get their resources trained within the next one year are below:
This shows a vivid and an interesting picture of Pakistan’s IT industry’s needs. Apart from the technical training, IT companies are also focused on adopting the agile methodologies of software development. It ascertains that IT companies are willing to adopt the new methodologies of working while updating the technical skill set of their employees.
While keeping in view the dire need of training of the resources, 43% companies are willing to spend up to 10,000 rupees per head, 25% can spend between 10-20 thousand rupees per head, 11.4% can spend 20-30 thousand rupees and interestingly, 18.2% are willing to spend more than 30 thousand rupees per head. However, in the last one year, 59% companies did not provide their employees with any training opportunity but 41% of the companies did.
Besides training of the resources, IT companies are also interested in different certifications such as ISO 27001 ISO 20000 and ISO 900.