UII UPDATE 89 | Q1 2021
Intelligence Update

Data center staff shortages don’t need to be a crisis

Uptime Intelligence Staff
12 Feb 2021
4 min read

In every region of the world, data center capacity is being dramatically expanded. Across the board, the scale of capacity growth is stretching the critical infrastructure sector’s talent supply. The availability (or lack) of specialist staff will be an increasing concern for all types of data centers, from mega-growth hyperscales to smaller private enterprise facilities.

Uptime Institute forecasts global data center staff requirements will grow globally from about 2.0 million full-time employee equivalents in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million in 2025 (see Figure 1). This estimate, the sector’s first, covers more than 230 specialist job roles for different types and sizes of data centers, with varying criticality requirements, from design through operation.

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