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The number of vacancies in IT is decreasing, but talent remains scarce

The number of vacancies within IT is decreasing, but the scarcity in the market remains. In total, 14% of the scarcest jobs within the labour market are IT jobs. Therefore, recruiters are looking for new strategies to bring in scarce IT talent. One of those strategies is the use of new job titles.

Although the labour market statistics of the third quarter of 2020 show a further deterioration, for the time being the effects of the covid-19 crisis and associated economic downturn are still relatively limited on the overall labour market. Despite some deterioration in the current state of affairs and developments in the labour market, such as rising unemployment and declining labour market activity, the tightness and scarcity in the labour market persists, also within the IT sector. Research by Intelligence Group, based on the ‘Arbeidsmarkt GedragsOnderzoek’ (AGO) and Jobdigger's vacancy data, shows that 14% of the scarcest jobs on the Dutch labour market are IT jobs.

The top-5 most scarce IT jobs

Source: Intelligence Group

Application programmers are the most scarce within the IT sector, but do not seem to be getting scarcer. Every active job-seeking application programmer can choose between 19 open positions (19:1). For the other IT functions within the top 5, the scarcity is (slightly) increasing. The largest increase in scarcity can be seen within the database and network specialists. The active jobseekers who work within this profession have the ability to choose between 9 vacancies.

Within the various educations levels, there are large differences in the number of scarce IT functions. Within the scarcest professions at HBO level, 3 out of 10 professions belong to the IT sector. At this educational level, application programmers, network and system technicians, and information and communication technology managers are extremely scarce. This means that the IT experts within these professions who are actively looking for a job can choose between more than 5 open vacancies. For the most scarce position, the application programmers, there are even 35 open vacancies (35:1) per active job seeker at HBO level. Fewer IT professions are found at the WO level, especially mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians are extremely scarce (7:1). At the MBO level, there are no IT jobs in the list of the most scarce professions. The scarcity within the IT sector therefore mainly occurs within jobs for highly educated people.

Number of vacancies within IT is decreasing again

Apart from a peak in the number of IT vacancies posted by intermediaries between week 32 and 37 2020 (92%), the downward trend in vacancies seems to be continuing, both among employers and intermediaries. However, this downward trend does seem to be stabilising, particularly with regard to the number of IT vacancies deployed by employers.

Source: Jobdigger, edited by Intelligence Group

Top 10 most common new job titles in IT

Despite the decreasing number of vacancies, almost 28 thousand new job titles have been used within vacancies in the past year. Whereas the job titles that have only been used once say more about a company's perhaps mistaken use of a job title, the frequently used new job titles provide more information about current developments and new strategies on the job market.


New job title


Manager Data and Information


BI Consultant/Developer


Teamlead Infrastructure Services


Microsoft Power Apps Consultant


E-Commerce & ERP Consultant


Intelligent Automation Consultant


SAP Front-end Development Consultant


Application management Archives


Cybersecurity Advisor


Team Lead Threat Intel COE Security

Source: Jobdigger

Over the past year, recruiters within the IT sector have used new job titles to attract talent and differentiate themselves from the other job openings on the market. This seems to be the case especially for the scarcest professions. The developments taking place on the labour market can also be seen in the new job titles. New job titles that have all been used more than 100 times in 2020 within vacancies are for example ‘BI Consultant/Developer’, ‘ E-Commerce & ERP Consultant’, ‘SAP Front-end Development Consultant’, and ‘Cybersecurity Advisor’. This despite the fact that these job titles have not appeared in any vacancies before 2020. "This shows how labour market data provides direct insight into the latest developments within the IT sector, including the emergence of new job titles", says Mirjam Warners, Data analyst at Jobdigger. "In addition, labour market data naturally shows even more developments within this sector. Think of developments in: requested skills and training, salaries and the average time it takes to fill a vacancy position. This information is used by intermediaries active in the IT sector to identify opportunities for their candidates".

Labour market statistics

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