Growing software sector needs more professionals

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The country’s software industry requires more talents to match the growth of the sector, Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) President Jonathan de Luzuriaga said.

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On the sidelines of Softcon.ph 2015, Luzuriaga said the country is producing 55,000 information technology (IT) and software development graduates annually.

He noted that the country will need more software professionals with the fast changing landscape of technology services and in order to match robust growth of the local industry.

Revenue of the industry last year amounted to more than USD 2.0 billion or expanding by 20 percent from 2013, making it the second fastest growing industry in the IT-business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) sector.

The software industry is also expected to have a total of 100,000 full-time jobs by year-end from 88,000 personnel in 2014.

“We strongly encourage everyone especially the millennial, the younger generation to look into building a career with the [software]industry,” Luzuriaga said.

“We are assuming that there’s going to be more [talents]. Aside from the fact that software is becoming to be quite generic . . . We can easily double that number if we have that supply,” he added.

For his part, Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim said it is a challenge for the industry to supply more software professionals to meet the fast evolving and growing demand for software services based on emerging technologies.

“There is also a rising need for our software professionals to innovate and re-invent themselves to adapt to the industry’s changing landscape,” Ibrahim added.

He said the government continues to partner with the industry to boost development efforts and improve awareness in industry trends and growth strategies.

He said the government, through the ICT Scholarship and Training Program funded under a special appropriation on the Bases Conversion and Development Authority proceeds, provides training in industry-specified areas of specialization in ICT including information technology outsourcing and software development, game development and animation.

The scholarship and training program also targets to increase the size and employability of the country’s ICT talent pool.

PNA

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