The dot com demand
Log in to Jobstreet.com.my and you’ll see that the tech economy is one of the fastest-growing, with web-developers, coders, app-makers and online creatives among the most-advertised gigs in the employment-verse. Type ‘IT’ into the search bar and you’ll find roughly 4,269 positions – more than double the amount of those in other fields such as media, admin, healthcare, and education.
These results are reflected overseas too, with the US Department of Labor estimating that by 2020, 1.4 million tech-related jobs will be up for grabs – and the current number of IT grads is only able to fill 30% of them. These stats are propelling big-name companies to champion global coding campaigns, with a view of quadrupling the number of future programmers in the workforce. In 2014, Apple partnered with Computer Science Week and Code. org to host free in-store courses about computer programming basics. Google also invested almost $69 million (approximately RM296 million) into Made With Code ( madewithcode.com), an initiative that aims to get girls keen on transitioning into tech industries.