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Demand for cloud computing expertise to increase: survey

By Amy Su  /  Staff Reporter

Demand for employees with cloud-computing technology expertise is expected to grow substantially this year as a growing number of local corporations are adopting the technology to enhance work efficiency, a survey released by a local job agency showed yesterday.

104 Job Bank’s (104人力銀行) database showed that a total of 1,640 cloud computing-related positions were being offered as of yesterday, up from 1,341 posted in November.

“Despite the global economic uncertainties led by the eurozone debt crisis, demand for cloud computing professionals from local companies is quite strong,” 104 Job Bank marketing director Regis Chen (陳力孓) told a press conference.

Higher Wages

The increase in demand also reflects higher wages for cloud-computing experts, the online manpower agency’s survey showed. The survey was conducted between Dec. 20 and Dec. 31.

Monthly salaries for salespeople in the cloud computing industry averaged NT$38,000 (US$1,280), 10 percent higher than for salespeople in general, the survey showed.

Meanwhile, more than one-third of employers who have transferred to work in the cloud computing industry said they were paid more in their new position than in their previous job, with 30 percent receiving a pay rise of between NT$10,000 and NT$30,000, the survey’s data showed.

Barry Chen (陳學智), president of global virtualization and cloud infrastructure service provider VMware Inc, said that in the near future local enterprises would have a greater demand for employees with cloud computing expertise than in other countries, because most are still developing their own enterprise cloud.

Acceleration

Currently, only 25 percent of Taiwanese companies have built up a cloud, whereas an average of 60 percent of firms have done so globally, an indication that the speed at which cloud computing is adapted by local enterprises could accelerate, Barry Chen said.

That would make local employers — especially those in the financial and insurance sectors, high-technology manufacturing industry, in addition to cloud computing products and service providers — hire more employees with cloud computing knowledge, Barry Chen added.

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