While in every geographic region data center capacity is dramatically expanding, the lack of specialist staff will be an increasing concern for all types of data centers. Uptime Institute’s Global Data Center Staffing Forecast 2021-2025 shows the digital infrastructure industry’s first comprehensive forecast of workforce needs, by region, by data center type, and by staff minimum education requirements.
The most demanded data center staff is in the Asia-Pacific region
Uptime Institute is one of the most trusted and adopted global standards for the proper design, build and operation of data centers. Uptime Institute’s research will help raise awareness of the strong employment opportunities for job seekers and give employers, education institutions, and governments a way to measure the need for investment in workforce training and education.
Data center staff requirements are forecast to grow globally from about 2 million full-time employees in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025. Most demand is expected in the Asia-Pacific region, followed by North America, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
In the large and mature data center markets of the U.S. and Western Europe, there is concern that many employees are due to retire about the same time, causing an additional surge in demand, especially for senior roles. This is expected to affect the next decade.