New Research: Almost two thirds of UK network engineers are set to retire in 5 years

According to new research released today by Opengear, a Digi International company (NASDAQ, DGII, www.digi.com) and provider of secure and Smart Out of Band management solutions, 61% of UK-based CIOs expect at least 25% of their network engineers to retire in the next five years.

The networking industry is facing a skills shortage as engineers continue retiring. Most UK CIO’s (74%) say that a shortfall in engineers has led to an inability to manage networks, an equal number of UK engineers (74%) and 81% of global engineers agree with this also. Additionally, 64% of UK CIOs state that they are now struggling to meet user or customer expectations in today’s economic environment.

The Opengear study surveyed 502 CIOs and 510 network engineers across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Australia. It shows that 88% of UK engineers have been forced to achieve more with fewer resources over the past three months, which is similar to those globally (87%). To remedy this issue, both UK CIOs (42%) and engineers (34%) identify investment in automation, AI or other emerging technologies as vital to addressing the tech skills shortage, along with remote/hybrid working capabilities which an equal number (36%) of UK CIOs and engineers agree with.

“As skills shortages persist, technologies such as Smart Out of Band can empower under-pressure IT teams to flexibly deploy, manage and remediate business networks, allowing them more time to focus on critical network tasks for better business performance and improved customer satisfaction. Reliable remote access also means that businesses can securely manage their IT networks from any location with a hybrid workforce,” said Gary Marks, President at Opengear.

About Opengear
Opengear, a Digi International company, delivers secure, resilient access and automation to support critical IT infrastructure on the First Day, Every Day and Worst Day. Through presence and proximity, Opengear solutions enable provisioning, orchestration, and remote management of network devices through innovative software and appliances. Opengear solutions are trusted by global organizations across financial, digital communications, retail, and manufacturing sectors. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with an R&D center in Brisbane, Australia.

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