Banks have a message for recent grads with IT degrees: We want you—if you have mainframe skills.
The mainframe skills shortage is hitting financial services particularly hard, since 92 of the top 100 banks rely on System z for their core functions, according to a recent American Banker article.
With all the attention paid to unemployment rates in recent years, it’s easy to overlook that some IT jobs go unfilled on a regular basis because of a lack of skills. That’s right, even at the height of the Great Recession, some IT positions remained vacant.
Best-selling author Jason Dorsey kicked off last week’s SHARE in Anaheim conference by telling attendees, “For the first time ever, there are four generations in the workforce.”
Anyone who believes the mainframe is yesterday’s technology, should consider this: Plenty of mainframe tech jobs are currently available, and the number is bound to increase in coming years as longtime mainframe professionals reach retirement age.
IDG News Service - ZNextGen, an organization aimed at young mainframe programmers, has gained significant momentum since it was created roughly two years ago through IBM and its user group, Share, according to its leaders.