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Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud

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In 2020, 775,022 cloud computing jobs were posted, up 94% from 2017, according to labor and economics research firm Emsi.

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Major cloud computing companies like Amazon and Microsoft are competing to hire engineers, squeezing out others as the pandemic has driven up demand for an already scarce workforce.

Labor and economics research firm Emsi estimated annual cloud job postings grew 94% between 2017 and 2020, versus approximately 20% for all technology job postings over the same period.

Students and engineers are investing more time and money to obtain cloud computing skills, and online education company Coursera said enrollees in its cloud-related courses rose 78% last quarter from two years ago.

Smaller companies face an engineer shortage; Howie Liu at business collaboration startup Airtable said cloud project managers are the toughest talent to hire.

Recruiters said cloud-skilled people generally receive multiple offers, often with salary packages worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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