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Addressing the Malaysian networking skills gap: Cisco

AvantiKumar | Feb. 12, 2014
Cisco will invest in the development of 400,000 Asia Pacific networking professionals during the next five years, said Cisco's Malaysia Country Manager Albert Chai.

Cisco IoE Infographic-Malaysia modified 

Infographic - Internet of Everything in Malaysia


 Some IDC skills gap findings

According to the IDC study, almost half of the global unemployment is in Asia Pacific and that there is a networking skills gap for eight specified countries within Asia Pacific (Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam).

The future demand for networking professionals requires an increase in essential and emerging skills development, including the following:

- Essential: Routing, Switching, Wireless, VOIP and Security Skills (Security Skills were once a specialist skill; now they are classified an essential skill).  
- Emerging: UC, Video, Cloud, Mobile, Data Centre Virtualisation.

In addition, in 2012, there was a shortage of more than 250,000 skilled networking professionals across APAC. By 2016, the skills gap is expected to increase to more than 480,000. Some 82 percent of companies interviewed also agreed that they will need extra security skills in the next 12 to 24 months.

Seventy-four (74) percent of respondents are expected to need multiple technology skills.  This is the result of a need to offset the lack of skilled workers as well as to build a flexible pool of multi-skilled workforce.

Meanwhile, 39 percent of respondents see more value in certification if they are recognised by the government. Thirty-six (36) percent of respondents see more value in certification if it is sponsored by technology vendors.  

The IDC study was based on 504 interviews in eight countries in Asia Pacific: Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Interviews were segmented by vertical industry and size segments: government, health care, telecoms, financial, manufacturing, retail/wholesale, media/broadcasting/publishing, travel/transport/distribution, natural resources and other services in companies with more than 75 employees.

 

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