The dot com de­mand

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Log in to 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 ( made­with­, an ini­tia­tive that aims to get girls keen on tran­si­tion­ing into tech in­dus­tries.

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